Thursday, April 23, 2009

Evolution of Emotional Intelligence

In 1983, Harvard psychologist, Howard Gardner, proposed a model named 'multiple intelligence'.
Emotional Intelligence (EI) as 'a form of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one's own and others feelings and emotions'.

Four Branch model of EI.

* Ability to recognize emotions
* Ability to use emotion to assist the thought process
* Ability to be aware of emotions
* Ability to manage emotions

In addition to emotional intelligence, there is intellectual intelligence. These two types of intelligence originate as a result of the functions of different areas of brain. The emotional center of the brain in the subcortex, which is in the lower part of the brain. The intellectual center is the neocortex, which is in the upper part of the brain. It is important to understand that emotional intelligence and intellectual intelligence are not conflicting; rather they are complementary.

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