I KNOW I AM SMART, BUT. . . I seem to do dumb things.
People, with high IQ’s, can do some of the dumbest things. Just because you have a high IQ does not mean that you are using your whole brain. In fact, doing dumb things is an indication that your whole brain is not being utilized. I have known some very smart people who make some very dumb decisions. Brian Williams was the NBC evening anchor until he was exposed for lying about being in a helicopter that took enemy fire. His explanation was “I don’t know why I did it; I must of had a brain tumor.” And then, what was Bernie Madoff thinking when he ran his ponzi scheme? Or, what was presidential candidate, John Edwards, thinking when he stole money from his campaign to pay for his mistress and the baby they had together? Did he really believe that no one was watching?
Then there was presidential candidate Gary Hart, a lawyer, author, professor, commentator and US Senator. When he was campaigning, he challenged the media, “If you think I am having an affair, prove it,” and they did! They took pictures of them both naked on his boat.
But I get ahead of myself. You have two hemispheres to your brain, the left and the right sides. You have one brain BUT, the two sides work and think very differently. Everyone has both IQ and EQ. Most everyone has heard about IQ. It is the abbreviation for Intelligence Quotient. It is a measure of your Cognitive or Academic Intelligence. In ordinary language, it is how quickly you pick up ideas, information and your ability to utilize that information to solve math and science problems.
Unfortunately, few people know what EQ is. EQ is the abbreviation for Emotional Quotient. It is a measure of your Emotional Intelligence. Since few people know what EQ is, they do not spend the time and the effort to learn the skills that would increase their Emotional Intelligence. EQ is important because it is “the ability to identify, use, understand and manage emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict.” In general terms, the right side of your brain holds your Emotional Intelligence, while the left side of your brain holds your Cognitive Intelligence.
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The left side of your brain is logical, rational, systematic and based on reason. It thinks in symbols, numbers, and words. It functions very much like Mr. Spock from Star Trek. The left side of your brain is designed to think in logical terms such as: A + B = C. This works well most of the time as long as A and B are correct. But, if A and/or B are incorrect, then the conclusion will be incorrect.