Emotional IQ


  • In Ancient China a murder suspect was forced to take a pinch of rice into their mouth. After the charges were made known, the suspect spit the rice out; if the rice was dry this meant the suspect’s mouth had dried out from worry and fear that they were found guilty.
  • Emotional reactions towards an object precede cognitive ones. An experiment showed that at the moment when one hasn’t recognized an object on a conscious level yet, their emotional reaction is already formed and it usually corresponds to the reaction to the object after the recognition.
  • A person feels emotions before they are born. A 5 to 6 month-old fetus expresses content or discontent and 3 to 4 year-old kids react differently to the expression of surprise, fear, and anger on the face of an adult signifying that they recognize these emotions externally.
  • Research on children and adolescents aged 7 to 17 revealed that leadership and social status is connected with the ability to recognize facial emotions.
  • “Emotional hearing”, i.e. the ability to recognize properties and the expressive degree of emotions via the voice, is stronger if signals are mostly transmitted to the left ear.
  • Japanese emoticons depict not the whole face but just the eyes, for example: (^_^) signifies happy eyes and (;_;) sad eyes. These smileys interpret the typical method of “emotion reading” — the Japanese look to one’s eyes for emotional response while Americans and Europeans pay more attention to one’s lips.
  • There are tribes that believe it is shameful to wear clothes. When missionaries were giving out shawls to the Indians of the Orinoco, the women threw them away saying “We don’t cover ourselves up because we’re ashamed [to wear clothes].”
  • If a professional actor is asked what emotions he knows, he can name and demonstrate around 30 types of emotions while an average person distinguishes only 7 emotions. However, there are people that can distinguish between just two categories of emotional states — “good” and “bad.”