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Emotional Intelligence (2nd quarter)

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Emotional Intelligence (2 nd quarter) 1/30/07- Dean Salovey – Emotional Intelligence: A Recent History He taught intro psych before becoming Dean. This lecture is a transition into actual emotional intelligence. It became a part of pop culture. Very unusual. Picture of President Cliton visiting Yale and shaking hands with him. President’s room in Woolsey. President very comfortable. He is wearing the classic false smile. Involves only half of the face. Too nervous to convey comfort. No change in the eyes, only the mouth. He is happy to be there but he’s anxious. “I wanted to convery confident pleasure, but I’m expressing nervous pleasure”. His wife is showing a real smile. Clinton has his arm around her. He was famous for having a short fuse- which is all about emotional regulation. Why now? Emotional intelligence represents the convergence of two historical trends. -Changing views about the “rationality” of emotions -Changing definitions of what abilities constitute “intelligence” The traditional view of Emotion in Relation to cognition -Passion and reason are antithetical, emotions are chaotic, haphazard, and immature. Rationality=containing your passions. They make us impulsive, make the kinds of decisions a child would make. The traditional view of emotion in realtion to cognition -“Rule your feelings, lest your feelings rule you” Publisius? “[Emotions are] a disorganized response, largely visceral, resulting from the lack of an effective adjustment.” Schaffer (1936) ‘[Emotions are] acute disturbances of the individual as awhole” “a complete loss of cerebral control , no trace of conscious purpose.” Shift- Emotions are adaptive, functional (it helps us), and organizing of cognitive activities and subsequent behavior. Like a gorilla at the front door. A certain amount of fear would help you do better on a midterm. [Emotions] arouse, sustain, and direct activity.” -R.W. Leeper (1948) But if you really look back, there were many people with this idea before. -Emotions ensure survival by: -energizing required behaviors -signaling valued information Darwin (1872). The expression of the emotions in Man and Animals.
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Darwin’s Functional View of Emotion: Emotions Represent an Intelligent System Anger, baring of the teeth, I’m going to bite you Joy, smile, It is safe to approach me Sorroe, frown, take care of me Fear, raised euebrow, open mouth, I’m going to run away Social referencing- animals and human infants- if danger in the environment, adopt a fear expression, the other animals will see it and they make a plan to escape. Sheep grazingin
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