what kind of sub questions should I put for this question?
How can one determine if emotional intelligence of Homeland Security workers is impacting the safety of the country?
I would ask what specific emotional intelligence needs to be measured. There are different areas we would need to look into. First of all, there is an emotional intelligence in predicting danger, and also in reacting to it. Which is more significant?
One sub-question is "How can emotional intelligence be applied to national security?" The TV show "Lie to Me" has had a big impact on the concept of emotional intelligence applied to national security. Clinical psychologist Paul Ekman developed the science behind microexpressions that has the potential to significantly impact national security especially when exercised by people with high emotional intelligence to start with. One episode of "Lie to Me" involves the selection of a new female trainee for Carl Lightman's microexpression laboratory, a selection based on an airport security officer's ability to instantly assess emotional states and read microexpressons. Great questions to explore are how can emotional intelligence be applied to national security, how can it be enhanced or developed where lacking and how can it work hand-in-hand with analysing microexpressions. The contention on the show is that the two work together instantaneously to detect deviant emotion and expressions in a terrorist. How possible is this in real life, and what would the implementation of this mean for less risk or more risk in national security?
Dr. Paul Ekman
What are some homeland security related events that have occurred in the past and did the emotional intelligence of agents affect the outcome of such events?
Have our agents shown an ability to use their emotional intelligence as a positive way of increasing our security?
There are a number of possible subquestions that could be used to answer this question. Among them are:
- What, exactly, is emotional intelligence?
- How can we measure the emotional intelligence of Homeland Security workers in a way that is valid?
- How do we measure the safety of the country?
- How do we determine the impact of this emotional intelligence? That is, how do we differentiate between impacts caused by other factors and impacts caused by emotional intelligence?
All of these must be answered if we are to get a legitimate answer to the question you have been assigned.