I’m presently reading Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence. I’ll have further insights once I am finished with it, but for the moment I am still working through the introductory chapters. Having blunted – though, still present – emotions of my own and formal training in mathematics and computer science has left me with a void when it comes to truly understanding emotive processes. My rational mind will always trump my emotional mind, but I am curious as to the mechanisms that I am, more or less, missing out on.
Goleman does a satisfactory job of describing the evolutionary reasons behind humans’ emotive states. Fear leads to mechanisms that allow for quicker retreat. Anger allows one, also through biomechanics, to strike harder and faster in a retributive fashion. Love allows for self-sacrifice in order to ensure the survival of one’s children, thus passing the parents’ genes far into the future. All of this makes sense from an evolutionary perspective. So, then, what exactly am I missing out on? I’ve written that I feel that I am not missing out on anything, but upon further introspection, that may not be quite right.