Essential of Organizational Behavior: Emotional IntelligeneHow valid do you think, consider the concept of emotional intelligence to be?

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Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Science has proven that Emotional Intelligence (though there are still controversies about its defining properties) is patently valid. Neuro brain-psychology is able to measure real-time neuro activity in human subjects through fMRIs and PET scans (positron emission tomography scans). As a result, neuro-synapse activity and neuro pathways can be seen and mapped in the human brain as activity occurs along pathways. These data can be compared and real neuro differences can be visually identified during various intelligence domain activities. These data confirm and validate EI while shedding light on its functions and the functions of other intelligences as well. As an illustration of neuro brain-psychology, recent studies have identified how traumatic fear memories are stored in the amygdala and, more importantly, how traumatic fear memories can be erased from the amygdala; a first step toward erasing stored long-term traumatic fear memories from brain structures surrounding the amygdala.

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Emotional intelligence is definitely real. Some people are very "in tune" with the emotions of persons surrounding them, while others are oblivious, but the emotional reactions of people and groups to situations can certainly be detected and swayed by those who have the ability to recognize and utilize those emotions.

One of the defining characteristics of most persons who are recognized as leaders is their emotional intelligence. The charisma of a politician is frequently a reflection of that person's ability to guage the attitude of the crowd and tailor his/her message to respond accordingly. The employer whose employees will give above and beyond the call of duty often is one who knows how to recognize the feelings and needs of the employees; by doing so, the boss wins the loyalty of the workers and everyone profits.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think Emotional Intelligence is real.  People are not robots or widgets.  We are sensitive beings.  We get our feelings hurt.  An employee who feels valued and appreciated and enjoys working with people will often be more productive.  I know I am less productive when I am depressed or having a bad day.

The popularity of the EI concept in business is easily explainedhen employees, managers, and clients have mutually rewarding personal relationships, productivity increases and profits follow. (enotes)

As a teacher, it is very important for me to gauge student emotions.  I have to be aware of their feelings and try to work with them, because I will get nowhere by ignoring them.  We are what we feel.


Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the above posts, emotional intelligence is definitely real and an enviable skill.  Some people are remarkably blind or unperceptive to others' emotions, often not picking up on nonverbal cues like facial expressions or body language that can send important signals.  In many fields today such as sales, leadership, teaching, health care, emotional intelligence is a huge asset; people with a strong sense of emotional intelligence have more "people skills," because they can understand and read how others respond to them, their product, or the environment, which ultimately allows for a person with emotional intelligence to be more accommodating to their clients, friends, or family since they can better understand and appreciate their feelings.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Intelligence is not defined strictly as cerebral or cognitive ability. There are all kinds of modes of thinking and coordinating the mind and body and behavior and each of these modes can be considered its own intelligence.

Kinetic and emotional intelligence are two major types of intelligence often cited by educators and psychologists. 

Another multifaceted approach to intelligence is Howard Gardner's proposal that people have eight intelligences: logical-mathematical, linguistic, musical, spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and the naturalistic.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I do not think that there is any way to argue that emotional intelligence is not real.  I think that it is very clear that some people have more emotional intelligence than others.  Some people are very sensitive to other people's emotions, to their own emotions, and to the possible interactions between those.  They know how others are feeling and they are able to think about how their actions will affect others' feelings.  My experience leads me to believe that some people are simply and innately better at that than others.  In short, emotional intelligence is real.

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