The Western Psychological Science of Emotional Intelligence is Similar to the Dalai Lamas Buddhist Philosophy of Unconditional Love and Compassion.

Essay by Luke Foster

“We cannot tell what may happen to us in the strange medley of life. But we can decide what happens in us — -how we can take it, what we do with it —- and that is what really counts in the end.” —- Joseph Fort Newton

I am just trying to figure out the science of emotional intelligence on the fly, but I have researched the Dalai Lamas philosophy of unconditional love and compassion quite a bit.

“Goleman’s EQ theory comprises five core components: empathy, effective communication or social skills, self-awareness, self-regulation, and motivation. It doesn’t take much to familiarize yourself with the skills that make up EQ. “

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These five components fall into place if one utilizes the Dalai Lamas ideas about compassion and unconditional love.

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquillity and happiness we all seek.” “Compassion is the radicalism of our time.” “Compassion naturally creates a positive atmosphere, and as a result, you feel peaceful and content.” “Love and compassion are the true religions to me.” Dalai Lama

I am seeking the feelings of tranquillity and happiness that the Dalai Lama is talking about and trying to master the ideas of emotional intelligence.

“Emotional intelligence is the ability to sense, understand, and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions as a source of human energy, information, connection, and influence.”  —Robert K. Cooper. Ph.D

I think the best way to develop emotional intelligence is to have compassion for other people and empathy for their thoughts and feelings.

“It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head — it is the unique intersection of both.” — David Caruso

I find the best way I will be able to develop emotional intelligence is my meditative beach walking and deep empathy for my circle of friends and making as many new friends as possible.

An old drawing about connecting the heart and mind.