A meme that has popped up on social media, often featuring the words “emotional” and “intelligence,” has been causing a stir among scientists.
In a post titled “Emotional Intelligence,” a series of tweets featuring scientists from across the world, one scientist, Dr. Jason D. P. Taylor, argued that the meme was based on a misconception that “emotions are a more universal component of intelligence than we think.”
According to Dr. Taylor’s research, the term “emotion” refers to feelings that are associated with the human body.
This may be because of the brain’s need to process sensory information and to process the body’s emotional reactions.
In this way, “emoticons” are different than “intelligences,” Dr. P Taylor said in a statement to Mashable.
The two terms are “not synonymous.”
For example, someone might say that they feel empathy, while an intelligence might say they feel intelligence.
“Intelligence” and emotions are distinct, but they are connected.
“Emotion” is just another way to describe what an intelligence feels, he added.
Dr. Taylor said that the word “intelligence” is often used by the general public and “empathic” by scientists to describe intelligence.
“It’s a bit of a misnomer to say ‘intelligence is the same as emotions,'” he said.
When scientists look at people’s behavior in general, Dr Taylor said they find “empathy and intelligence” to be closely related, but that emotions are not universal.
For example: If someone says that they’re sad, they might be saying “I’m sad because I can’t handle being sad” and an intelligence would be saying, “I’ve had enough of being sad.”
“That’s what they’re saying when they’re not being themselves,” Dr Taylor explained.
“But they’re actually saying, ‘I’m depressed because I’ve been stressed, I’m angry because I’m upset, I can barely sleep because I have to be awake and I don’t feel safe because I don ‘t feel like I’m in control,'” he added, explaining that this is because of how emotions are processed in the brain.
Scientists agree that the terms “empath” and ’emotion’ are different, but Dr. T. Colin Campbell, professor of psychology at University of Texas at Austin, said that they are both used to describe different types of emotions.
“They’re not interchangeable,” he said of the words.
“For example,” Campbell said, “someone might be a lot more emotional than someone who’s not.
So I don’ t see them as interchangeable.”
He added that it’s important to understand that “the scientific method is not the only way of understanding emotions.”
“There are other ways of understanding emotion, and I think emotion is one of them,” he continued.
“That’s why emotion is an important part of understanding how the brain processes emotion.”
Dr. Campbell said it’s common for scientists to use terms such as “emotive” or “empathetic” to describe people’s emotions.
He added that while the term can be helpful in terms of understanding feelings, it’s also used incorrectly in many cases.
“For example the word ’empathy’ is often misused to mean ’empathic,'” Dr. Campbell explained.
“When you see it in this context, you see a kind of emotion in the scientist, the scientist is using emotion in an emotional way, but it’s not the same emotion as the emotion that they really feel.”
“Emotion and intelligence are really two different things,” he added with a laugh.
Dr Taylor’s tweet, which has more than 6,000 likes, drew an immediate response from scientists around the world.
Many responded to his tweet with praise, saying they were “sad to see,” and “kind of glad to hear.”
One scientist, scientist Andrew L. Johnson, posted a response on Twitter that was retweeted more than 3,000 times.
In his response, Dr Johnson wrote that the phrase “emological intelligence” was “a little bit too broad” for the scientific community.
“Emotional intelligence, in my view, is not an intellectual construct,” Dr Johnson explained.