The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence? Hitler had high EQ

Atlantic Monthly attacks EQ and and violates Godwin’s Law in doing so.

Whatever you do, don’t study emotional intelligence, because H-tler!

Recognizing the power of emotions, another one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century spent years studying the emotional effects of his body language. Practicing his hand gestures and analyzing images of his movements allowed him to become “an absolutely spellbinding public speaker,” says the historian Roger Moorhouse—“it was something he worked very hard on.” His name was Ad-lf H-tler.

Since the 1995 publication of Daniel Goleman’s bestseller, emotional intelligence has been touted by leaders, policymakers, and educators as the solution to a wide range of social problems. If we can teach our children to manage emotions, the argument goes, we’ll have less bullying and more cooperation. If we can cultivate emotional intelligence among leaders and doctors, we’ll have more caring workplaces and more compassionate healthcare. As a result, emotional intelligence is now taught widely in secondary schools, business schools, and medical schools.

Emotional intelligence is important, but the unbridled enthusiasm has obscured a dark side. New evidence shows that when people hone their emotional skills, they become better at manipulating others. When you’re good at controlling your own emotions, you can disguise your true feelings. When you know what others are feeling, you can tug at their heartstrings and motivate them to act against their own best interests.

Social scientists have begun to document this dark side of emotional intelligence. In emerging research led by University of Cambridge professor Jochen Menges, when a leader gave an inspiring speech filled with emotion, the audience was less likely to scrutinize the message and remembered less of the content. Ironically, audience members were so moved by the speech that they claimed to recall more of it.

I can’t promise it will turn you into H-tler, but here’s my favorite EQ book:


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4 Responses to The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence? Hitler had high EQ

  1. Denise says:

    Reblogged this on The White Tea Room and commented:
    Hey – perhaps Ad-lf did what he did because he was smart!

  2. Sam says:

    …emotional intelligence… What it’s really about. The psychopaths studying us to find out how to manipulate us. I and many others have talked a lot about psychopaths here. I happened to run across this video. It is the best video on spaths I’ve seen. It’s really worth watching.

    Financial Terrorism Exposed!! – Thomas Sheridan (Psychopaths in Public Life)

    He breaks it down so well. He also talks about how they study the empathic. He doesn’t say a word about Jews but everything he talks about describes them. As an aside I don’t believe only Jews are psychopaths. I do believe that they have a VERY VERY large population of psychopaths in the Jewish gene pool. That’s why they keep getting kicked out of every country they go to. They abuse everyone around them then move on to a different country. A tribe of psychopaths.

    Think of the world around you. It’s madness. My Mom is always saying this but the world she grew up in is totally different from the one we have now. The concentration of resources has allowed the spaths to take over. They must be destroyed or we will.

    Societies have been destroyed by psychopaths. An example is Alcibiades. Alcibiades went from city to city in the ancient world. In Sparta he was more Spartan than the Spartans. Changing his chameleon skin every time he moved somewhere else and betraying everyone he came in contact with. Alcibiades killed Athens with risky schemes to glorify himself.

    One thing they don’t tell you is King Agis hated Alcibiades because Alcibiades had a child by the Kings wife.

  3. TabuLa Raza says:

    The concentration of resources IN/BY government.

  4. TabuLa Raza says:

    Psychopaths have amygdala (brain part) 18% smaller than normals.

    >>>Adrian Raine, a Penn Integrates Knowledge professor in the Departments of Criminology, Psychiatry and Psychology, presented a collection of his work on neurocriminology that broadly attempts to connect criminal, psychopathic and aggressive behavior to physical characteristics of the brain at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. earlier this month.

    Raine’s talk was part of a panel titled “Nature, Nurture, and Antisocial Behavior: Biological and Biosocial Research on Crime.” His research indicates that psychopaths who are criminal offenders lacking fear, remorse and guilt may show neurological evidence of their differences early in life>>> We need to know more about swej brain structure.

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