Posts Tagged ‘emotions’

the Uncomfortable Side of the Brain

October 13, 2013

We all have it, that area of the brain where our thoughts just do not seem to jibe.

Many who are mathematically inclined cannot seem to communicate well on emotional wavelengths, though some can.

Many who are quite well-versed in other areas have difficulty resolving some higher math concepts.

Other artists can grasp the technical side of music and excel in the math but seem to fail at being creative in their field. Their “technical proficiency” seems to hamper creativity.

Everyone has some area they do not feel real comfortable being, or thinking.

So, we should cut others some slack simply because they cannot see or visualize some things as clearly as we.

Because, rest assured, there are subject areas where you too could be called less than average.

Emotional Intelligence

January 22, 2012

I remember seeing something years ago about the “EQ”, the test or scale of someone’s “Emotional Quotient” designed to be similar to the IQ tests.

Unfortunately, though the IQ of a person changes day to day, and hour-to-hour within the day (although it is very minor for some people), the EQ of people changes rapidly. Little things can “set people off”, changes in diet can change the chemical levels in the body and hormones can get slightly askew, etc.

The EQ seems so much harder to pin down than the intelligence. But why?

I think it goes back to the subject of my last entry: non-quantifiably of all things emotional. There is something about it that does not lend itself to being measured.

Sure you can measure the levels of the hormones or the muscular reactions, heart-rate, etc. but the essential core of emotion remains unmeasurable. It is not something you can grab hold off, pin down and get a yardstick near.

It is akin to the start of subatomic particle physics that does not allow the researcher to measure the wavelength of a particle while trying to measure a different aspect of it. Like the blind men and the elephant, you can sense a part of the puzzle but the whole will elude you.

EQ tests are good to measure you current emotional health but against what? Measuring your current emotional state against another human being does not mean much, as you may quickly change. In fact, some researchers found the tests themselves could change the EQ of the taker, either making them realize life wasn’t so bad (they got happier) or putting them into a funk.

It’s just another reason why coming up with a new way of viewing and thinking about these non-quantifiable issues might be helpful.