Does Emotional Intelligence trump IQ


I think yes and no. It is completely based on the context and intended outcomes. Intelligence correlates more closely to ‘success’ and effectiveness in certain fields, but the same can be said of emotional intelligence in other areas. If you are a manager, then you would be better served by having high EQ rather than high IQ. If you are an engineer, IQ would almost certainly be more relevant. It appears that EQ cannot exist without at least a standard level of intellect, whereas IQ does not require such support from EQ. This could mean that the emotionally intelligent individual is automatically blessed with a reasonable level of intelligence, or must have intelligence to be emotionally intelligent in the first place, while an individual with high intelligence may be completely devoid of EQ. Does this mean EQ trumps IQ? Possibly. I would say that EQ does have an X-factor element to it in the form of awareness and insight. The ability to peel the layers back and look beneath the superficial expressions of behaviour is more closely tied to high EQ. There have been studies that suggest EQ may be the more relevant and important of the two, but again, it is mostly context based. IQ alone suggests a type of rigidity of thinking, a narrowly framed view and inability to adapt to certain changes especially when it involves other peoples concerns, emotions and opinions. IQ appears to be more linear as far as the behavioural influence it has on an individual. This is seldom obvious as most people with high IQs have at least some level of EQ, which balances out there expressed behaviour. The question is, how would their behaviour change if we could remove their emotional intelligence completely? Would the intelligent individual become ignorant, narrow minded, self indulgent, obsessive and blind to their own behaviours? Would they lose the ability to pick up on the behavioural cues of other people? They would almost certainly lose the ability to feel and sense others emotions, instead relying on an intellectual perspective and understanding of behaviour. They would still understand what a sad or angry expression looks like and therefore be able to fake a response based on an intellectual understanding, but not have the ability to sense or feel as someone with high EQ would. One of the questions that often emerges in my mind is- what could we change about human behaviour to encourage a better world? The answer I often come to, is- to place a far greater emphasis on emotional intelligence, particularly during development from child to young adult. Many of the social and economic challenges we face today might be minimized, improved or even solved if EQ was more prevalent across all societies. People would take the time to understand each others point of view, harsh emotions like anger, envy and jealousy would feature less often and generosity and care for people who are struggling in life would increase. I believe it would bring people together and enable us to view each other at a far deeper level, rather than through stereotypes or superficial labels. It would encourage empathy, compromise, acceptance and balance in the world. Of course it wouldn’t result in a utopian existence, but maybe an existence that would work a little better for everyone. For this reason, I do believe EQ to be more important as it leans towards balance and harmony on a grand scale and would almost certainly result in a more livable world for a greater portion of the worlds population.

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