The importance of Emotional Intelligence over IQ

Essay Prompt:
“Anyone can become angry—that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in

the right way—that is not easy.” Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics
Preliminary Questions:
You have learned Aristotle’s artist proofs of ethos, pathos, and logos. You have also read about the difference between emotional intelligence and

general intelligence. What connection do you see between Aristotle’s rhetorical strategies and both general and emotional intelligence (or logos and

ethos)? What could be the value in studying these fields?
Essay Question:
Daniel Goleman says that “if there are any two moral stances that our times call for, they are precisely these, self-restraint and compassion” (xii).

Do you agree with his claim that emotional intelligence has equal impact as general intelligence? Why or why not?

Synthesis Criteria:
As you craft your own thesis about the usefulness of learning emotional intelligence (and work toward your final draft), please incorporate the first

two chapters of Goleman’s book, two additional Goleman chapters of your choice, and two other sources from our class. You can integrate any outside

experience or readings, but you must synthesize our class readings into your essay.
Be sure to shape your essays with ethos, pathos, and logos, to provide concrete and cited examples, and to map the structure of your essay so there is

one idea per paragraph. Each paragraph should support your central claim. Also, be mindful of Trimble’s techniques as you write: Slow down to make

sure your ideas are developed so they are concrete and easy to follow. Know your subject and your audience! Also, please don’t summarize your paper

in your conclusion; instead, leave the reader reflecting and provide a possible solution.





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