Emotional intelligence (EQ or EI) is one of the strongest indicators of success in business. Why? EQ is not only the ability to identify and manage your own emotions, but it's also the ability to recognize the emotions of others.
Humans have a remarkable capacity to understand what other people are doing. This plays an important role in our ability to strategize about what the other side is likely to do in a negotiation and to make sense of why the people we work with act as they do.
"For a long time, people have speculated that we use the same mechanisms to reason about other people as about our hypothetical selves," says Rebecca Saxe from MIT. "So this new study fits really well." Saxe should know. She was one of the first scientists to link the rTPJ to theory of mind-the ability to understand the mental states of other people.
The Right Temporoparietal Junctionpart of our brain helps us think about other people, understanding their mental states. If this region is well developed and better connected to other parts of the brain, people behave altruistically and show less bias in their groups. If this region is impaired, people lose their sense of morality. New studies about this region of the brain tell us that impulsivity and selfishness are linked, and are the opposite of restraint and empathy.
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