EQ, Being wholly human -
the Evolution of Intelligence
Dr Keith Beasley
The Essence of EI:
What IS Emotional Intelligence?
the first reference to EQ these days is the work of Daniel
Goleman in 1995, the term was actually coined a few years
earlier . . . in an article I wrote in 1987 for the British
below for the background and follow-up that article
to my Emotional Intelligence index
on image to see readable copy of original text)
most of you will know, Mensa is the society for those
with high IQ and the gist of my article was to highlight
another aspect of human 'intelligence' - i.e. emotional
sensitivity and an awareness of feelings. The feature
was so well received that I was able to set up a Special
Interest Group - The Sensitive SIG, within British Mensa.
In the newsletter of the SIG (then called 'Hearts &
Minds') members shared their experiences of being both
intelligent and sensitive . . . often harrowing, particularly
in the harsh business world. It's thus pleasing to see
EQ being taken up by commercial organisations . . . and
not before time!
my years running Mensa's Sensitive Sig, I learnt much about
my own sensitive nature and, in hindsight, would now identify
that period as an important step in my own personal and professional
development. Indeed, it corresponded to my first attempts
to 'sort myself out' . . . and bring an end to failed relationships.
That's been an interesting journey, but one that I'm now helping
others take. I'd go as far as to call it not just 'finding
ourselves' . . . but working towards enlightenment!
journey involving Emotional Intelligence is about becoming
aware . . . of the ways in which we're particularly sensitive
. . . and why; of the feelings and needs of others . . . and
the differences between us. Gradually, if we have and pursue
a desire for a higher truth on our EQ path, so we free ourselves
from our own emotional baggage and the conditioning of our
early life and the expectations of others. Such shedding of
'stuff' is a prerequisite of any spiritual journey.
recognising and working on my conditioned sensitivity, my
own path took me down the psychic road: I found I could dowse
. . . quite a shock to my scientific mind! Then I took up
Reiki Healing, finding that I (like all of us) was able to
bring a sense of well-being (if not inner peace or relief
from physical symptoms) to myself and others. As I mixed with
healers and those on various self development and spiritual
growth paths so I realised that this EQ was a significant
part of acknowledging our true, inner self.
I shared with Buddhists and Shamans, Yoga teachers, Light
Workers and positive thinkers I began to see a definite trend:
by whatever path we, individually, are choosing we're ALL
become more aware. As we seek and find our inner wisdom, be
it through NLP work on our EQ or meditation or any one of
a growing number of personal growth paths, so we're becoming
more enlightened. We're rising above our purely rational intelligence
(IQ) and finding a greater depth to ourselves and to life.
EQ is indeed helping the world become a better place!
Beasley is now based in Bangor (Wales) where he offers
a range of workshops and consultations to help bring out
our inherent Emotionally Intelligent, creative, psychic
and spiritual natures. Using Reiki healing, art, divinations
and creative visualisations he provide an excellent complement
to techniques such as NLP as a path towards emotional
intelligence . . . and a higher wisdom.
recently introduced on-line
course Essence of Knowing, with the BodyMind Institute,
provides am excellent grounding in why and how 'consciousness
beyond the rational' is so important and valuable to each
and all of us. Or:
Take The Essence of Emotional Intelligence on-line course now!
No jargon, no assessments, just the gist!
On-line consultations also available
articles by Keith on Emotional Intelligence
27 Years On - How I now see EQ after completing a
and 27 years after my 'first usage' EQ article
EI articles by Keith
EQ - Why it's emotionally UN-intelligent
awareness of our Emotional Intelligence
Not so much a self-assessment of EI, but self-help on the
Artistry of Emotional Intelligence
Heart & Soul of EI - A spiritual perspective
makes an Emotionally Intelligent Leader
(originally submitted to a forum within the EQ Alliance)
Other EQ Sites
Some short, clear, 'common-sense' presentations on aspects
Informational Site on
Emotions, Emotional Intelligence, Teen Suicide & Related
John Mayer's site