Emotional Intelligence For Biologists By Dr. Paulette Laubsch

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Abstract: This paper is based on the seminar topic “Emotional Intelligence for Biologists” by Dr. Paulette Laubsch. Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to understand one’s feelings or others’ feelings. This differs from general intelligence because it is a step further than taking known information and interpreting it to make it useful; it is using emotions to make information beneficial and useful. The following paragraphs will explore emotional intelligence and how it affects people’s decision making and sociability with others.

Introduction: Emotional Intelligence is defined as an individual’s ability to govern their own emotions and the emotions of others (PsychologyToday). In order to be emotionally intelligent, the
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For example, the way someone comforts a person can be a result of cultural aspects; some people use touching, while others opt to just talking. Dr. Laubsch described the hierarchy of happiness, noting how everyone requires their basic needs to be met in order to be happy and content. She also mentioned ways to be emotionally intelligent, i.e. knowing when to deliver bad news (not on a Friday), knowing who’s vulnerable and who’s not, and knowing how to read body language. Lastly, she discussed empathy and how feeling for someone can impact emotional intelligence. In order to properly understand emotional intelligence, more research must be done. Many psychologists conducted experiments to explore how one’s capacity for emotional intelligence can affect the way they work with others, especially in the health field.

Materials and Methods: One of the studies conducted was in Malaysian public hospitals. Emotional intelligence was studied among nurses to see how it impacted caring behavior. This was done by using a cross-sectional survey and administering it to five hundred and fifty nurses and using structured equation modeling to analyze the data (Kaur 2015). Another study sought to examine the relationship between self-rated and performance measures of emotional intelligence by using tools such as the Self-Rated Emotional Intelligence scale (Bracket et al. 2006). This type of test (SREIS), along with the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT),
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