In the second article in his series on intelligence, Brian McMullen explores how doctors can get in touch with their feelings and why this is important.
- By: Brian McMullen
Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics, book 3
A few years ago, when I worked as a full time general practitioner, I did not like certain groups of patients. Angry people were a particular problem. Thankfully, I did not meet too many, but I would often feel paralysed and helpless after an encounter. Anger would simmer inside me for ages. I never considered that part of the anger might belong to me or that all of it might belong to the patient or that I had a choice about the feeling: I was a clever doctor with a low emotional intelligence (EQ).
Another example of cooperation between EQ and IQ is the famous marshmallow experiment. In the 1960s, psychologists tested 4 year old children at a nursery school on the Stanford University campus.5 They interviewed the children individually and offered them a choice. Either they could have one marshmallow now, or if they