The New Psychology of Embodied Emotional Intelligence

The New Psychology of Embodied Emotional Intelligence


The Damaged Perspective

In 1892 William James quoted the definition of psychology as:

“the outline and clarification of states of consciousness as such.” (James 1985, p xxv)


Wanting into the connection

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Consciousness is the central theme of psychology. Nonetheless, behaviorism and the cognitive sciences had nearly nothing to say about it till the top of the 20th century. (Varela, Thompson & Rosch, 2016)

This has at all times appeared one of many strangest twists within the science of psychology. How may it’s that for nearly 100 years subjectivity and human expertise have been uncared for within the psychological sciences? What are the historic roots of this neglect? What brought on this radical separation between cognitive processes and consciousness?

Initially of the Scientific Revolution, a deep divide between thoughts (res cogitans) and matter (res extensa) was maximally expressed within the seventeenth-century philosophy of René Descartes. Cartesian dualism way back created an explanatory hole between thoughts and matter, between consciousness and nature. Consciousness and life, as a part of nature, merely belonged to completely different realms.

Initially of the Scientific Revolution, there was nonetheless a deep worry for the Inquisition. Heresy and blasphemy led to the stake. So, maybe it was the worry of the self of being disembodied that created the divide? The rational thoughts needed to be protected against the mortal and sinful physique. The worldly physique with its wishes and illnesses was merely separated from the immortal thoughts. Life was positioned in a unique class.

The hole endured within the science of consciousness and nonetheless persists within the myths and dogmas of many cultures. The deep divide between consciousness and nature had a profound affect on what it means to be a dwelling self. The impact of this damaged perspective was dramatic for the psychology of the 20th century. As a result of what does it imply to be a self when the expertise of a dwelling physique is faraway from it? For what does it imply for the schooling of our emotional intelligence if our self with its feelings—which want consideration—is separated from the thoughts that have to be full of information?

Consciousness Issues

At the moment, the life sciences are displaying us a totally completely different perspective on what we’re. A totally new story is unfolding, primarily based on deep and cautious observations, outlining a deep continuity and connection between our physique and our thoughts. This new perspective exhibits increasingly simple proof of the unbreakable interplay between the evolution of life and the rising of a thoughts with consciousness. (Damasio, 2021)

Physique and thoughts have been separated for too lengthy. Deep psychological wounds in our emotional flesh have been made due to that separation. Many years of cautious observations now render it nearly unquestionable that self-perception and embodiment are intimately linked. A self that splits off from this earthly reality disrupts its chance for embodied emotional intelligence.

A brand new perspective on our self-perception and new analysis within the science of the self reveal some clear insights. Anil Seth, a number one British researcher within the area of consciousness science states:

“We don’t understand ourselves with a purpose to know ourselves, we understand ourselves with a purpose to management ourselves.” (Seth, 2021, p 170)

Our self is the results of an ongoing interplay course of between top-down predictions and bottom-up perceptions with a purpose to regulate and management our our bodies. In his new science of consciousness Seth reveals how:

“Our aware experiences of the world round us, and of ourselves inside it, occur with, by means of, and due to our dwelling our bodies.” (Seth, 2021, p 174)

Our self is a deeply embodied notion. Because of this if we are able to study to look at how our ordinary thought patterns are separating our self from our dwelling physique, we uncover a deeply self-disruptive motion. This separating motion is the reason for a lot ache and feeling unfulfilled.

The Perspective of Being a Self in a Dwelling Physique

In response to the brand new science of consciousness, our self-perception is a predictive, embodied course of. This provides us some difficult questions. What does it imply to be a self in a dwelling physique:

• When our ordinary thought patterns completely assemble non-existing boundaries and separating gaps between ourselves and our dwelling physique?

• When these constructed borders and divisions dominate and management our schooling and emotional life?

• When these psychological fabrications change into the delusions and dogmas of our tradition?

Instructional programs and work organizations can not proceed to separate our consciousness from our dwelling our bodies. The psychology of the longer term have to be primarily based on the outline and clarification of states of consciousness as such—deeply rooted in a physique. Human expertise is the expressed that means of being a self in a dwelling physique.

Promising views can emerge from this new intimacy between dwelling and figuring out. The outdated mannequin of the damaged perspective can softly die: No dwelling physique means no thoughts, no self, no consciousness, no figuring out. A brand new embodied emotional intelligence can develop gently, deeply linked with life.


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