February 15, 2012

Emotional Intelligence: Illness Interferes. Irksome.

Follow-up to Emotional Intelligence: Crying as you Solve Problems from Midgley, Christopher - Pointless twaddle and meaningless diatribes

Tutor was Samantha Tarren.

SMART goals were twofold:

The first; on the ‘motivation’ side: consider reasons for not wanting to work. Chosen to avoid time management crossover, though I’m not taking that workshop.
Current progress: illness: reasons are “lethargy” and “i feel crap”. Reasons are actually valid, so no progress here.

The second on the “I don’t feel sadness and that’s fine” side, consider why.
Current progress: I was too ill to bother feeling anything but lethargic.

In short, illness meant I accomplished nothing worthwhile, going through my days in a haze, and the primary emotion I felt was lethargy. Didn’t even get fired up.

I did learn that I consider both “lethargy” and “solipsism” as emotions, though. The latter is a philosophy! They’re probably made up of little emotional “elements”, except lethargy might be a “lack” of these elements (anti-elements?). Well, that’s irrevelant.

While I’m actually doing something, it’s fun unless I get stuck. The feeling of “OH!” is great, even if my ideas are completely incorrect, it’s still nice to think back on. Additionally obtaining an answer feels great even if I have the feeling that it’s probably wrong.

Essentially I’ve found a few things, none of which were what I was looking for.

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  1. Samantha Tarren

    Hi Chris
    sorry to read you’ve been ill which you feel has halted your progress. However, even when ill, it is important to apply EI. Check in with how your felt towards yourself beign ill and lethargic – were you gentle with yourself and able to soothe your self adequately? If so, how and if not, why? Some may even say feeling ill and lethargic is your body’s expression of some big feelings…what do you think?. Lethergy is more of a state underpinned by a range of feelings – ususally sadness, and frustration-turned-inwards – but the feelings are not always easy to identify because we are so used to just looking at the surface (like the iceberg theory – where we can see the bit sticking out of the water, but there’s lots underneath…)
    Keep on thinking about yourself in terms of emotional intelligence and see what else emerges! Enjoy the process of discovery and embrace the stuck moments as well as the end point to further develop.
    I look forward to reading your next blog

    18 Feb 2012, 09:57

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