Did you know?
- The word ‘emotion’ and ‘motivation’ both derive from the Latin word ‘movere’ meaning ‘to move’
- Relationship between emotion & cognition – what we know, think, believe, desire & value –still under debate
- Emotions responses related to sense perceptions, internal states, thoughts or beliefs about things or people, real or imagined
- Subject of research on brain & learning
- Understanding our own emotions called ‘intrapersonal intelligence’
- Howard Gardner: linguistic, spacial, logical-mathmatical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, musical
- Some ways of identifying emotions include language, sense perception & reasoning. These provide interconnected ways of associating emotions we experience.
- Can emotional intelligence be measured or taught?
- Consider the ambiguity of language & interpretation of culture in this
- Current Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, teaches that humans should strive for happiness. He says the route to this is through loving kindness to others.
‘I believe that happiness can be achieved through training the mind…When I say ‘training the mind’ in this context I am not referring to the ‘mind’ merely as one’s cognitive ability or intellect . Rather, I’m using the term in the sense of the Tibetan word Sem, which has a much broader meaning, closer to ‘psyche’ or ‘spirit’; it includes intellect and feeling, heart and mind. By bringing about a certain inner discipline, we can undergo a transformation of our attitude or entire outlook and approach to living’
- Think about what empathy involves. Jesus Christ taught about loving a neighbour as thyself & similar religious teachings emphasize the relationship between oneself & others. There are difficulties in genuinely ‘standing in the shoes of others’
- Make a list of what limits us imagining the experiences of someone else
Emotions & IB Subjects:
- What is the role of emotional response, imaginative engagement & empathy in treating the literature of language A1?
- What is their role in your Group 2 subject?
- In your Group 3 subject, are they part of the human subject matter being studied or part of the human method of study?
- In science and maths, have you entered and ‘emotion – free’ zone? Consider the creation and communication of knowledge in these subjects
- In Group 6, what is the role of emotion as subject matter or method?
Things to consider:
- ‘Emotion shapes thought, influences behavior and affects the way humans pursue knowledge’
- ‘Emotions can be classified as good or bad. There can be correct or appropriate emotional responses’
- ‘Analyse how emotion affects our ability to make judgements’
- ‘A person’s personal point of view should be considered an asset in the pursuit of knowledge, not an obstacle to be overcome’.
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