Interesting to read Nicola’s post on absence of conflicts, non-participation and mirror neurons Would emotions be the artistic side of connectivism?
I have followed the trend in emotional intelligence for a decade, see this personal resources .
There are lots of implications in EQ training and “implementation”, as a lot have been discussed in its use in mentoring, and e-mentoring through various Coaching Clinic, Mentoring workshops etc.
My view on EQ is: it depends on what we mean by success when relating EQ to success. In a capitalist society where success may be equated to the achievement of status (one’s position in an organisation or network) – a famous entrepreneur – Bill Gates, fame (Hollywood movie star or a Pop/Rock star singer like Michael Jackson), Power (positional power, expert power, influence power), a leader (religious leader, education leader, political leader), wealth, “wisdom”, etc. then EQ would be relatively more important to IQ. How many billionaires have top IQ’s AND EQs? How many Nobel award winners have top EQs?
For individual success, EQ may be more important in the business world and personal life, but again, it depends on how you define it and what your success criteria are.
So would the power law still apply? – only small number of people with high EQ and IQ in such a society would have GREAT SUCCESS (IN BUSINESS, IN WEALTH, IN RELATIONSHIP)?
How about EQ and learning?
I didn’t raise these in CCK08 connectivism course as it didn’t seem to resonate much there with other instructors, educators and participants.
As this is the second round of Connectivism CCK09, I am more interested in how “EQ” and emotions propagate through the network, or at least how people would perceive their learning being influenced by the emotions of those nodes, connectors, instructors, co-learners, bloggers and others in the communities.
At the end, we might all be the meme “interactors” or connectors, spreading our emotions throughout the net without even our awareness. The first instinct usually provides that stimulus, and the responses could be spreading like wild forest fire.
Part I: Here is Emotional Intelligence by David Rakel
Higher Education Metamorphosis-
He listened to the sound of music, and cried.
He mentioned about his experience whilst studying in medical school – trying to cram information into the mind.
Poets, songs and how all these related to love.
How we are connected to emotions – that AHA moment.
The attachment of technologies – that magical pill – which solves the “problem”…
Kids – who are the natural emoters…, what you see, what they feel, and express, so naturally.
Why we grow up and become increasingly analytical, judgmental
The second killer of all – emotions. But we have choice…
A picture in motion as perceived when we are immersed in – multi-tasking, but when we focus on one point, it becomes stationary:
Love what you Teach, Connect to Meaning and Purpose.
Part II. How about this Emotional Intelligence Training? Let’s have a contrast.
I have been to too many of these training, that I started to ask: Is it for me AGAIN? What is novel here? What is the emergent learning here? What could I learn? Why I have/haven’t learnt?
My conclusion is: too many training starts and ends in the same way, with too many experts telling us this and that way of practising EQ – just confusing for me. Also, it is too much about experience, and not much about emergence…IMHO
There is no silver bullet to EQ… just like CONNECTIVISM. Would you like to perceive and interpret the deeper meaning behind EQ?
That means I need more in-depth reflection AND interaction with others, rather than pat on the back, games, superficial training…..in groups, or even teams….
Would EQ be more than training, more than group games or activities, more than any talks or presentation? Would it be about ACTION, about INTERACTION, about authentic sharing of experience both publicly and privately, in different learning landscapes, spaces, media?
Part III: My summary of EQ includes this ARMIES approach to learning and connections:
A- self AWARENESS
R – self REGULATION
M – self MOTIVATION
I – INTERACTION
S – SOCIAL SKILLS
Hope my musing haven’t made you sleep..It has taken me more than 3 hours to do this!
What sort of EQ learning suits you best? How? Why?
Postscript: Emotional Intelligence
This video on Emotional Intelligence provides some metrics