Why Is Emotional Competence Difficult? Challenge 3

Western Culture Worships Intellect


Centuries of western thought tied to “I think therefore I am.”


Emotions defined as a distraction, and a weakness. A complete misunderstanding.




All the work these guys are doing to “not experience emotion” is in fact emotional work.

The socialization starts early. Boys are taught that showing emotion is feminine. Girls are taught that showing emotion is evidence of their inferiority.

We reinforce this in schools, and continue it in places of business and other organizations.

This guy had it right:

“We should take care not to make the intellect our god.

It has, of course, powerful muscles,but no personality.

It cannot lead, it can only serve.”