The Importance of Emotional Intelligence

Plato once said that, “all learning has an emotional base.” At the University of Philosophical Research, this notion has remained pivotal in our approach to education. Reliance upon standardized measurements of IQ levels and tunnel-vision testing has fractured and increasingly limited the evolution of consciousness in contemporary society. UPR has always sought to provide an alternative for individuals who require more diverse analysis and criticality within the realm of consciousness and psychology.


This approach is, fortunately, becoming more and more relevant in the quickly transforming environment of the workplace and within contemporary reevaluations of education. The following article written by Ray Williams for the Financial Post explains that, “Interpersonal competence, self-awareness and social awareness — all elements of emotional intelligence — are better predictors of who will succeed and who won’t.”


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The direct term “emotional intelligence,” was coined by Wayne Payne in his 1985 doctoral dissertation, yet much of what has been evaluated and considered as “emotional intelligence” has been taken from developmental psychologist and scholar Howard Gardner and his theory of multiple intelligences. His theory takes into consideration different modalities of sensory perception and relationships, rightfully challenging the singular notion of intelligence that has been highly emphasized in educational and corporate structures since recent rethinking.


In his 1985 thesis, Wayne Payne wrote, ‘Evidence is presented that the mass suppression of emotion throughout the civilized world has stifled our growth emotionally, leading us down a path of emotional ignorance. Indeed, many of the problems facing society today are the direct result of emotional ignorance: depression, addiction, illness, religious conflict, violence and war. Perhaps we humans have tried too hard to “civilize” ourselves, trying to deny our true animal nature–our emotional nature–along the way. Whatever our motivation, however, we have not done this out of any inherent evil nature. We’ve done this because we have had the wrong idea altogether about the nature of emotion and the important function it serves in our lives.’ (To view more from Wayne Payne’s abstract and portions of his dissertation, visit


Whether this emotional intelligence has been dismissed as “intuition” or categorized via Howard Gardner’s scholarly research as “interpersonal, intrapersonal, spatial, or bodily-kinesthetic,” the term becomes clearer as time progresses. Particularly in this new year where the future feels exceptionally close, UPR continues to challenge singular notions of consciousness and perception in its students and through its programs. We have an exciting year ahead of us, with upcoming workshops, new publications and courses being added to our programs, and we are looking forward to continuous growth and conscious evolution in the future. Please stay posted for all that is to come and Happy New Year!