According to scientists who study the operation of the human brain is divided into two hemispheres but who constantly communicate with each other:
The left hemisphere of knowledge and reason and the right hemisphere of emotions, imagination and creativity.
We humans have used to give another name to the right hemisphere of the brain is responsible for our emotions: call "heart".
I wonder whether eventually train children forgetting that have "heart" that thirsts not for knowledge and information but about emotions;
Truth be told, our education system has such a targeting to offer children almost exclusively academic education.
That is the purpose of conveying information and knowledge important -omologoumenos- to the children.
This is evident nature of education.
But what about the unseen nature of, the feelings;
Obviously we did not realize that learning does not occur regardless of the child's feelings.
The feeling is the signal projected into and from the human brain entraining with it the bound to that knowledge or information.
But this text is not intended to deal with the value of emotions in cognitive learning process, but with the very education of emotional competence of children or, as otherwise customary called, with their emotional intelligence.
The big question is whether the emotional intelligence can be taught;
The school is the place to cultivate the feelings of children;
Improving emotional competence of children does not seem to hold a prominent place in our educational system. Almost ignored and it is impressive when you consider that the role of the school is not only to provide knowledge but to shape attitudes, socialize and provide holistic maturity in children.
Let us ask ourselves what example may seem more useful in the life of an adult:
To know how to solve difficult mathematical problems, expressing a natural law or may control his anger, impulses of, be sociable and be able to earn the trust of others;
So the big question is the value of emotional skills since it is taken for granted but whether they can be grown and whether the appropriate place to do so is the school;
The answer is that not only the emotional skills can be cultivated and that, especially nowadays, the main space required which will be held this to be the school.
Do not forget that the emotional development of children occurs primarily during childhood and adolescence that shaped the personality that the years of available primary and secondary education.
Also not overlook the fact that children and adolescents spend too much of the day at school.
The points a student can inform us about the mental development but did not give us any element in the emotional development.
But a mentally healthy person has to balance the mental development with the emotional.
The concept of emotional intelligence (EQ)
The 1995 the well-known psychologist and author Daniel Goleman founded the concept of emotional intelligence EQ ( Emotional Quotient).
Until then dominated by the concept of intelligence logic IQ (Intelligence Quotient).
EQ Emotional intelligence refers to the ability to understand emotions, both his own and that of others, and to handle them effectively.
The EQ is the most qualitative indicator of relations with others.
Also the EQ is acquired and cultivated throughout the lifetime of a person, main course, as mentioned above, during childhood and adolescence.
The logic IQ intelligence refers only to the cognitive and numerical skills of the individual.
Is predetermined by the birth of the individual and its development reaches a certain age, but then stops. The IQ hardly affects relationships with others.
How many times we have not really come across very intelligent people (with high IQ), but they are not doing so well in their interpersonal relationships;
And how many more times we have met people not highly intelligent (with average IQ), but they are doing just fine but the personal and professional lives;
In my opinion it is very aptly what makes the wise people that separates the "smart" from the "awake" and I think it clearly shows the difference of individuals with high IQ of the person with high EQ.
individual characteristics with high emotional intelligence (EQ)
- Self-control and self-discipline.
- The management of impulses.
- Easy adaptation to changes.
- The performance under stress conditions and stress.
- Understanding emotions.
- Understanding the feelings of others (empathy).
- The confidence.
- Increased communication skills.
- To win the confidence of others.
- Accepting criticism from others (feedback as a means to his own improvement).
- The ability to exercise constructive criticism to others without being judgmental.
- The disagreement capacity without causing tension to others.
- The initiatives taking.
- Cultivating relationships.
- The motivation for achieving objectives.
- The influence and leadership ability.
- Resistance to prejudices.
- The determination.
- Patience and perseverance.
- His ability to inspire others.
- The ability to work without competing.
- The ability to participate in group projects.
- Maintaining composure in crisis times.
- The ability to curb the impatience.
- The high concentration ability.
- The acceptance of defeat and failure.
- The ability to listen before talk.
- Accepting weaknesses.
- The increased ethos.
- The great diligence.
Which school grounds do not sufficiently cultivate emotional skills;
Take the students again. Of course it is too small even to have acquired a sufficient degree of the above characteristics of people with high EQ. The question is whether in schools is growing effort of these features; The answer is categorically, no.
This is due to various reasons:
- learn to listen before talk,
- not have been looking forward,
- not compete much with each other,
- withstand not be the focus of attention,
- arguing correctly when expressing opinion,
- be gang,
- respect the diversity,
- withstand failure,
- To understand the value of human relationships,
- be responsible for their actions,
- to put in place another trying to understand how he feels,
- weigh the consequences of their actions before making them,
- learn to care and share.
Teachers let us not forget that beyond the instructive and educational role have!!
And pedagogical role of catalyst realized by personal relationships with students. When that students feel such trust towards teachers them to "open up" and talk about the concerns and dreams and most importantly when they feel free to show their true colors and not only that himself who said it expects the teachers than to reward them with a good rating. Only with such trust can students develop their humanity and their humanity. Otherwise remain locked within the egocentric and individualistic the "cocoon".
We have got realize the value of feelings;
No other explanation. Rather we completely underestimated that the human brain has developed right hemisphere only by feelings and no knowledge of.
We do not realize that only when the emotional experiences constantly repeated our brain converts arming human neuronal responses with those skills needed to face any problem in life.
If we realize this then we may not have today so many people handle completely misguided and erroneous personal and professional life or people who are emotionally immature and so many people with psychological problems.
Eventually perhaps not so surprising that among these emotionally inadequate people there are many intelligent with high IQ.
Perhaps the impasse people have been much less if we cultivate the right cerebral hemisphere, know what else to say and "heart".
Then for sure it would be to be selected to perform many more things "in our hearts", rather than necessarily. That too, in my humble opinion, It is the secret of mental completeness and balance.
Dimitris TSIRIGOTIS – Natural