The Peddling of Emotional intelligence

Taken a course at a Faculty of Education lately? Chances are you’ve been sold on Emotional Intelligence.

What you need to know is this quackery was devised some decades ago by one Daniel Goleman who, like many others, thought he could predict success in business through some magical new tool. EI is a business, nothing more and is currently under heavy criticism from many scholars: EI is not an alternative type of intelligence, it does not fit the current construct of intelligence as defined by psychologists and scholars, it has little or no predictive value, it probably only measures personality traits and self-reporting can be biased and false.

What worries me and should you, is potential use of such quackery in human resources or by any form of management in education. Emotional Intelligence is unscientific and has the potential for great harm.

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