Emotional intelligence is the innate potential to feel, use, communicate, recognize, remember, describe, identify, learn from, manage, understand and explain emotions. S.Hein, 2007
This is a new definition as of December 17, 2007. It is based on the academic work of the Jack Mayer and Peter Salovey. This definition differs from the Mayer Salovey definition in one very important way because it emphasizes that emotional intelligence an innate potential.
In other words, each baby is born with a specific and unique potential for these components of emotional intelligence:
- Emotional sensitivity
- Emotional memory
- Emotional processing ability
- Emotional learning ability
Because the definition offered here is based on an innate potential, it makes a very important distinction between this inborn potential and what actually happens to that potential over a person’s life.
This is the scientific definition of emotional intelligence so to speak and it covers some aspects of the important role of the emotions, but not all. The main weakness in this theory is that it deals to much with “survival” and “fear”. So they agree that a baby is born with innate emotional intelligence but then risk to learn “unhealthy emotional habits”. They suppose that a human being can be talented in emotions or in mathematics or in music, etc. Not everyone is born with a talent for mathematics or music, but everyone is born with emotions and the ability to listen to these emotions. Humans could not live without emotions, because they are far more than a tool like i.e. the intellect. They are basic for living here on Earth, basic like breathing.
So I would like to speak about another definition of emotion which is given by Elias and which seems to me much more intelligent and true. Elias speaks about the belief system of Sexuality and Emotion and defines what that means for human beings. Here are some excerpts:
Emotions are a communication, a communication which identifies to you what you are actually generating inwardly in each moment.…
Within this particular dimension, you have created this reality based upon the exploration of two basic elements of physical focus; sexuality and emotion. You experience both of these elements intensely. All of your creations within this particular dimension reflect these basic elements. You may even look to a rock, and this stone shall invoke within you a feeling of male or female and an emotion if you are so tuning into it, for ALL of your reality reflects these elements in this particular dimension.…
Emotions are not belief systems. Emotions are an element of your expression that you have chosen to be the method, so to speak, of your expression within this particular physical dimension. This is not to say that other physical dimensions do not incorporate emotion, for some do, but within this particular dimension, it is one of the base elements of your creation of expression….
In this, the emotion exists regardless of the belief system. The experience of emotion is created and exists and is expressed with or without the belief systems, but you are incorporating belief systems into this particular dimension. Therefore, it is not necessarily a question of which you have created first, for you create them together, but they are functioning differently. The belief systems are influencing of your emotions, but emotion is a translation of a tone quality of essence. It is a translation into a physical dimension for the reason of physical experience. Belief systems are not an aspect of essence. They are a creation, a tool to be manipulating perceptions within physical dimensions that influence and create your reality….
If you are interested in this definition, you can read more about emotions here. I would add, that emotions – passion – is the engine that drives your visions, dreams and desires into manifestation. The role of the emotions cannot be appreciated enough : Vision + Emotion = Manifestation!