Emotional Intelligence vs. Intuition: The Difference

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Emotional Intelligence vs. Intuition

I’m frequently asked about the difference between emotional intelligence (EI) and intuition. Essentially, EI is a head thing, intuition a heart thing. EI is being “intelligent” about emotions; it’s not about feeling. If you look at EI’s definition of empathy according to Daniel Goleman, this distinction becomes clear: Ability to understand the emotional makeup of…

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Emotional Intelligence vs. Intuition (Pt 3): Problem Solving

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Emotional Intelligence vs. Intuition

One difference I pointed out in my original post between Emotional Intelligence (EI) and intuition was problem solving. Deeper examination of this difference further helps us understand why EI and intuition can’t really be subsets of one another. Yet, it’s not uncommon for EI practitioners to insist that they are. Early on when researching the…

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Emotional Intelligence vs. Intuition (Pt 4): Conscious vs. Unconscious

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Emotional Intelligence vs. Intuition

A major difference between Emotional Intelligence (EI) and intuition is the relationship of each to our conscious and unconscious selves. Whereas EI is primarily concerned with the former, it ignores the latter. Intuition, on the other hand, is very connected with our unconscious and influences our conscious. Google searches illustrate this. When we insert “intuition…

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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,…

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