Emotional Intelligence and Egopathy (book)

Read the Opening of Dr. Wood’s book Emotional Intelligence and Egopathy: Understanding Why Good People Behave Badly.

Chapter 1: The Emotional Intelligence Movement


Emotional Intelligence has been a hot topic since the 1990’s and shows no sign of cooling down in the new century. Finally, theorists and researchers have a common term that is accepted by many professionals as a way of describing the level of functioning of a human being. In the past there were a plethora of terms to describe the levels of maturity and interpersonal skills a person possessed: character, morality, resiliency, social skills, social intelligence, differentiation, level of functioning, and self-actualization. These were all used at one time or another to describe how managers wanted their employees to behave and how supervisors behaved themselves.

Although it was Peter Salovey and John Mayer who originally wrote the seminal article on emotional intelligence in 1990, it was Daniel Goleman who brought the concept to the people with his book, Emotional Intelligence. His treatment and explanation helped millions see more clearly how their emotions were important in managing their lives and their relationships. Within a short time emotional intelligence became a business buzz word for excellence. Daniel Goleman gave us several examples of how emotional intelligence is displayed but more importantly his examples showed how it is not displayed. His examples showed how parents and supervisors who did not evince altruistic behavior and how this behavior invariably led to a poor outcome. His thesis presented the notion that if the individual had possessed emotional intelligence there would have been different behavior and, when faced with a crisis, a more benevolent mindset would have prevented the accident or moment of cruelty.

But my impression is that most of the clients or customers in these groups are not sick in the ordinary psychiatric sense but are sick only in the normal, average sense, that is, they are ordinary, average citizens. Therefore what they need is not so much personal therapy … but rather personal development or psychogogy or self-actualization training or something of the sort.

(p. 182) A. Maslow, Eupsychian Management

Read More of Dr. Wood’s Book

Chapter 1: The Emotional Intelligence Movement
Chapter 2: The Successes and Failures of the EQ Movement
Chapter 3: Egopathy: what is it and how does it work?
Chapter 4: Big Bad Bullies (BBBs) and PCDs (Power, Control, and Direction.)
Chapter 5: Narcissistic Personality, Sadistic Personality Disorder, Psychopathy, Anti-Social Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and their Relation to Egopathy
Chapter 6: Egopathic Defenses/ Ego Expressiveness, Schemas and Hidden Agendas
Chapter 7: The Roots of Disempathy and Cruelty: The Developmental Personology of Egopathy
Chapter 8: Families Behaving Badly
Chapter 9: Doctors and Professors Behaving Badly
Chapter 10: Workplace Incivility, Egopathic Bosses, and Healthy Workplaces
Chapter 11: Personality and EQ Assessment: Which one reveals Egopathy Best?
Chapter 12: Egopathic Characters in books, on TV, and in the movies
Chapter 13: Egopaths in Academic Literature, the Popular Press, and Other Media
Chapter 14: Public and Private Figures Behaving Badly in the News
Chapter 15: Happiness, Health, and Positive Psychology
Chapter 16: So what can I do about it? Remonstrating and High Character Communication; Aclass in Parenting/Relationships in High School; a class in Developmental Personology in graduate schools
Chapter 17: The Vocabulary of Egopathy and High Character Communication
Chapter 18: The Structure of Emotional Intelligence and Egopathy: The Diagrams, Figures, and Lists

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