[Buzzword: Emotional Intelligence] 【潮語: 情感智商】

6-emotions

[Buzzword: Emotional Intelligence]

By: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (HSBC Prosperity Hall)

Image: http://www.pyroelectro.com

Are you a human robot? Do you walk around like an automaton – never smiling, frowning or laughing? Well, the truth is you’re doing it all wrong. Emotions are very important in our daily lives. Most of us spend a lot of time not only feeling and regulating our own emotions, but also interpreting the emotions of others.

Yet, a lot of us are afraid of expressing our full range of emotions. There are 6 basic emotions: happiness, surprise, sadness, anger, disgust and fear. But, we seem to think that only a few of these emotions are okay to express and all the other emotions should be suppressed. We think to express happiness and surprise is fine, but sadness and fear are better to suppress so others don’t see.

Why do some people not reveal their feelings? The website psychology.about.com noted that the how we express (or don’t express) are emotions are affected by factors such as our social pressures, cultural influences, and past experience. That’s why Japanese people might appear to be unfeeling in public, while some Americans may seem very emotionally charged.

Why should you reveal your emotions? Emotions such as anger, happiness and sadness are all very powerful emotions which occur for a good reason. Your body does not simply experience emotions to annoy. Charles Darwin theorised that our emotions serve as a driving mechanism in our bodies e.g. when you are in love you might be encouraged to start exercising more to impress that girl you like.

The emotional response is, of course, not always the correct response to all situations. However, they give us some important clues and to try and suppress them is to ignore what your body is trying to tell you.

 

【潮語:情感智商】

文: Jacobus DU PLESSIS (滙豐業昕堂)

譯: 楊雅怡 (賽馬會群智堂)

圖: http://www.pyroelectro.com

你是個人形機器人嗎?從不微笑,既不皺眉,亦不大笑,像台機器般走動…… 這樣就不對了。情緒在日常生活中舉足輕重。大部分人每天都花大量時間,不僅去感受和調節自己的情緒,也去理解別人的情緒。

然而,很多人都害怕把情感坦露無遺。人有六種基本情緒:快樂、驚奇、悲傷、憤怒、厭惡及恐懼。但我們似乎認為只有少數可以隨心表達,而其他則應被抑壓。我們覺得表達快樂和驚喜沒有問題,但悲傷和恐懼最好得壓制著,別讓他人看到。

為什麼有些人不抒發自己的感受呢?網站psychology.about.com指出,我們如何表達(或不表達)之情緒受各種因素影響,如社會壓力、文化和過往經驗。這解釋了為何日本人在公眾場所看來總是無動於衷,而一些美國人似乎顯得較情緒化。

為什麼要顯露自己的情緒呢?情緒,如憤怒、快樂和悲傷,都是種強烈的情緒,其出現確有充分理由,並非無緣無故出現來煩擾你。查爾斯·達爾文提出理論,指情感發生在你身上,作用如驅動機制一樣。例如,當你墮入愛河,你會莫明有股力量推動你多運動,務求在心儀對象面前加分。

情緒反應,當然,並不總能正確應對所有情況。然而,它們給予我們重要的警示,試圖抑壓只是無視身體想你留神的事。

 

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