The eugenics movement appealed to many in the early 1920s as an attempt at a scientific management and control [of social pathology which was seen to be caused by innate lack of intelligence]…. The mental hygiene movement stepped forward as a competing manifestation of the same impulse-the attempt by scientists, professionals, and experts to cope with social problems through a scientific control of behavior. The primary cause of social pathology was not innate feeble-mindedness. The cause lay in the personality.
-Sol Cohen 1
Goleman's highly popularized conclusions as demonstrated in his book [Emotional Intelligence]…"will chill any veteran scholar of psychotherapy and any neuroscientists who worries about how his research may come to be applied." While many researchers in this relatively new field are glad to see emotional issues finally taken seriously, they fear that a notion as handy as [emotional quotient] invites misuse.
-(Time, 2 October, 1995:62)
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE provides a contemporary site in which to explore discourses of social control and the "postindustrial" moral person. Within a history of pastoral power, the discourse of "emotional intelligence" is an almost predictable evolution: The most alien, unmanageable feature of human behavior-emotions, the most interior and private experience-has now been placed under the scientist's microscope and dissected for the benefit of mankind. Science, working hand in hand with postindustrial interests, has identified emotions as profitable to global capitalism. 2 Emotional intelligence allows a glimpse of power's arbitrary manifestations. Suddenly identi-
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Publication information: Book title: Feeling Power: Emotions and Education. Contributors: Megan Boler - Author. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1999. Page number: 58.
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