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Re: The most amusing oxymoron is:

by perldigious (Priest)
on Apr 01, 2020 at 14:00 UTC ( #11114908=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to The most amusing oxymoron is:

Emotional Intelligence

To be clear, I don't deny what's commonly referred to as "emotional intelligence" is real, I'm just saying that's a silly name for it because it is an oxymoron. Should have just been called "emotional awareness" or something similar instead in my opinion.

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Re^2: The most amusing oxymoron is:
by QM (Parson) on Apr 30, 2020 at 09:26 UTC
    I think you've overstated it a bit, but I understand where you're coming from.

    However, can you consider that there might be other intelligences like "kinesthetic" or "spatial" or "completion"? For example, we could define "kinesthetic intelligence" as "experience, knowledge, and awareness of, and a competency in manipulating and maneuvering, one's body to achieve a goal". Similarly, "emotional intelligence" might be "experience, knowledge, and awareness of, and a competency in manipulating and maneuvering, one's response to their own and others' emotions to achieve a goal".

    What I'm saying is, "awareness" is barely better than "oblivious" in the space of emotional environs.

    -QM
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    Quantum Mechanics: The dreams stuff is made of

      Of course, there are plenty of forms of intelligence/awareness. The choice of combining the two words "emotional" and "intelligence" is only humorous to me because typically those words don't go together. A person "thinks" with their intelligence and "feels" with their emotions. I understand that in this case the term typically means considering (i.e. thinking about) the emotions of others, I only qualify it as an oxymoron due to the typically contradictory terms being used together as one.

      Funny enough, Kinesthetic Awareness is the preferred term I'm familiar with for your definition you give for "kinesthetic intelligence". Typically I hear it used in discussions of sports of various kinds, as usually really great players of any sport seem to have hyper developed "kinesthetic awareness". There it's not only used to describe "one's body" though, but also the positions of teammates, opponents, boundary lines, and the ball/puck/etc. If you ever watch really great players of complex team sports, it's impressive how they can seem to track the motion of multiple people/objects in their brain even after they are out of their field of vision.

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