How Emotional Intelligence and Consciousness (Mindfulness) in Education Can Provide a New Character and Orientation to the Nation

How Emotional Intelligence and Consciousness (Mindfulness) in Education Can Provide a New Character and Orientation to the Nation

Marios Matheou
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7533-8.ch012
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Our nation and state today are going through a difficult period in their life and survival, because the moral principles and values, the principles of democracy, in particular the human principles of mutual respect, respect and empathy for each other, have been damaged. The causes are certainly deeper, and researching, one concludes that the great nursery of democracy is education lags behind in terms of adhering to the principles of education and functional efficiency. The change of orientation of our education towards the inner world of man, the upliftment of the spiritual struggle, and cultivating from the inside out with the skills of emotional intelligence and consciousness will help citizens to reorient themselves and realize that they are part of a nation but at the same time citizens of a global community with broader perceptions, goals, and obligations. The revision of education programs and the introduction in education of emotional intelligence and consciousness will lay the foundations for the creation of a new generation of sensitized and conscious citizens.
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Emotional Intelligence In Education

In recent years, a group of psychologists, including Sternberg and Salovi, have agreed with Gartner's theory that the old notions of IQ were an old-fashioned, anachronistic test of language and math skills that was of limited importance when student completed his high school and high school obligations and entered the path of life. According to Salovey & Meyer (1993), emotional intelligence is referred to as “The ability of man to monitor his own and others' emotions, to distinguish them and to use this information to guide his thoughts and actions “. Responding to Gartner's theory, they refer to interpersonal intelligence and explain that the main mission is to respond to one's emotional life, to try to discern and manage emotions when they are born, to try to categorize and attribute them. these ultimately guide his perception and behavior. They propose a model for managing emotional intelligence which is described through the adoption of the following stages: (I) Recognition and awareness of emotions: Recognizing the emotion at the moment it is created, is an essential energy and subsequent identification and management leads to psychological insight and self-awareness. The inability of the individual to recognize and understand his emotions puts him under their control with consequences such as creating insecurity and indecision.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Nation: A set of people who have the perception of a common historical, social, cultural tradition and live in a defined territorial area.

Emotional Intelligence: The ability of man to monitor his own feelings and those of others, to distinguish them and use them to guide his actions and thoughts.

Multiple Intelligences: The ability of the individual to have various IQs that work together and interact with each other.

Consciousness/Mindfulness: The awareness that arises after focusing attention on the evolution of the present moment with a permissive mood, without the person having the intention to change anything or to criticize.

Personality: The set of physical, spiritual, mental, and social characteristics of a person.

Empathy: The ability of the individual to feel and to be in the position of another individual.

Education: Systematic process of knowledge transfer and skills development related to a specific subject.

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