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25 Oct 2012

Emotional Intelligence vs. Intuition (Pt 5): Group vs. Individual

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Emotional Intelligence vs. Intuition

Previously, I had identified problem solving as an area showing a pronounced difference between Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Intuition. I want to expand upon that by focusing on how each functions in a group and with an individual. Of EI’s five components, only one, self-regulation, can operate completely when a person is alone.

For example, consider a man alone in the woods. As we saw with problem solving, EI doesn’t offer much help. Now, let’s expand beyond problem solving to helping that man get along with his environs or with his god. EI doesn’t offer much in the way of helping that man learn something about his non-human interactions, especially in a religious or philosophical sense.

On the other hand, intuition is the acquiring of knowledge and making of decisions through emotions. In other words, our emotions can help us understand and appreciate our world minus the people. EI, unless it helps us “to control or redirect disruptive impulses and moods,” to pursue goals with energy and passion or to recognize and understand our moods, emotions and drives it doesn’t help us understand the non-human aspects of our world. In short, EI’s focus is on our emotions but not on what they are telling us. Analogously, this is akin to understanding a car but not where it’s taking us.

That is why EI’s main benefits spring from group encounters or one-on-one interactions not from a “man in the woods” scenario. Intuition thrives in both settings. Since our environment and conditions influence us greatly, intuition can help us understand both through the emotions they generate in us. Thus, rather than simply recognizing we are happy, intuition can help us understand what being happy might be telling us about our current environment, conditions or world.


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2 Responses

  1. Laurence

    In regards to a sensitive person scoring low on EI, wouldn’t that be relative to the person’s general potential but not necessarily interdependent within the two? Meaning a highly sensitive person will have a “limited” emotional expression capacity based on her general ability to use/comprehend language, so one can offset, to a certain extent, the other.

    1. Mike Lehr

      You’re right, Laurence, other factors do come into play. I am talking generally and perhaps with all other attributes being equal. Sensitive people will generallyhave more of a challenge with EI than moderately sensitive people. So, to your example, language abilities will be more important to a SP than a MSP to overcome this challenge.

      In regard to use of language specifically, keep in mind that tone and energy come into play. For example, stating the same thing either angrily, happily or coolly makes a difference. It’s also important to EI.

      Thank you for visiting and leaving your insights and question. ~Mike

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