Don’t Discount the Intelligence of Emotions

Intelligence and emotion are often seen as mutually exclusive, but they don’t have to. Emotional intelligence can help you improve relationships, work harder, and manage your feelings. To hone this, recognize the value of your gross emotions.

Brain Pickings presents an interesting point: sometimes our intelligence can hide from us the wisdom of our emotions. Pain can put us in “rough, direct contact with the emotional truth of our being,” they said. Quote from writer Marcel Proust:

“I thought I was not missing anything as a strict analyst; I thought I knew the state of my own heart … I was wrong in thinking that I could clearly see my own heart. But this knowledge, which would not have given me even the most insightful perception of the mind, was now brought to me hard, shiny, strange, like crystallized salt, by a sudden reaction of pain. “

This does not mean that you should let your emotions cloud your judgment and intelligence. He simply recognizes the wisdom of these emotions. We’ve already discussed the power of emotional intelligence, and it’s basically the ability to recognize and deal with your feelings. In other words, your emotions have value, and pain is a powerful emotion that can teach you a lot about yourself. Read more about this idea in the full post below.

Proust on love and how our intellect blinds us to the wisdom of the heart | Gathering brains


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