DQ 2 - Discuss the use of emotional intelligence concepts in work life, home life, and personal life. Be sure to support your discussion with your readings. Read Chapters 1-5 and Appendices A and B in the text. Emotional Intelligence. Goleman, D. (2005). Emotional intelligence. New York: Bantam Books. (Note newer additions are available and acceptable for the course). Read this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings. There are 4 parts to read and I will send you those attachments.
Emotional intelligence is the innate potential to feel, use, communicate, recognize, remember, describe, identify, learn from, manage, understand and explain emotions. Intelligence cannot be addressed without looking at the mind (Eqi.org, 2005). For many years mankind has been fascinated concerning the inner workings of the mind. Of particular fascination is the difference between the functionality of the female brain and the functionality of the male brain. The prevailing consensus has been that women are emotional creatures with great difficulty in making the hard decisions. Men on the other hand have been considered extremely logical and able to make the hard decisions easily. The concept of emotional intelligence would fit perfectly with this concept of women. It is used to identify emotions, know they exist but not necessarily to solve a task.
One of the most affirming tests in the realm of emotional intelligence is the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT). It specifically details how individuals are able to manage their emotions (Brody). Every individual is unique therefore a baseline would be difficult to set describing how everyone should handle their emotions. Stress tests are also good determiners of an individual’s emotion stability. Stress is the pressure that an individual encounters either inside or outside. The pressure is positive as long as it enables the individual to perform a difficult task or conqueror a challenge. The situation turns bad when the elements that caused the stress continue without stopping. The red alert switch has not been turned off therefore the person’s mind and body would begin to wear down. Stress, pressure and conflict are all elements that an individual would face on a daily basis. As a matter of fact work life, home life and personal life are all affected.
Work life is defined by the routines, the coworkers, the environment and other elements associated with earning a living. Stress manifests itself in workload, work environment status and coworker cohesiveness. Trying to do too much work can make you physically and mentally fatigued. Dealing with a hostile work environment and unruly coworkers can cause the desire for isolation and manifest moodiness. Home life is defined by the activities performed by the family to increase bonding, protect/teach the next generation and ensure marital stability. Husbands, wives, moms and dads have it rough. Getting children to school, discussing budgeting and making it to work on time can cause stress. The more it builds the biggest the problems the family will face. Heart problems and memory loss are among the symptoms.
Once the individual has reached the end of the day, there is only self-left. Stress can arise from internal conflicts the person is experiencing otherwise known as man v self. In this situation the individual beats himself or herself up over mistakes made, wasted time and concerning office perception. These thoughts can spin round and round in the individual’s mind caused “mind storms” about negative events. This situation is one of the worst because the individual cannot escape from himself.
Emotional intelligence can be used to pinpoint the exact causes of the stressors and conflicts. It will also provide the means to determine who well or how poorly the individual is handling the stressful situations. Flaring tempers and emotional breakdowns mean that external help is required like anger management and counseling.
Brody, N. What Cognitive Intelligence Is and What Emotional Intelligence Is Not. Retrieved from http://www.psychometriclab.com/brody.pdf
Eqi.org. (2005 June). Definition of Emotional Intelligence. Retrieved from http://eqi.org/eidefs.htm