Emotional Reasoning

Emotional reasoning has been described as a belief, that if you feel something, it must be true. As important as emotions are, they must be validated before acting upon them. Not all emotions are true, but somehow, they do relate to the present situation. This justifies the need to recognize our emotions, evaluate the evidence presented, and interpret it accurately before acting.

Emotion and reason each have different,
but complementary interactive roles.
They both provide information that
can be used to guide behavior.

The effects of Low and High levels of Emotional Reasoning

Low Level
  • Illogical
  • Inconsistent
  • Indecisive
  • Non-Analytical
  • Unimaginative
Outcomes of Low Level EI
  • Marginal Performance
  • Unknown Outcomes
  • Group Think
  • Turnover / Attrition
High Level
  • Rational
  • Constant
  • Resolute
  • Process Oriented
  • Innovator
Outcomes of High Level EI
  • Exceeds Expectation
  • Predictability
  • Independence
  • Retention

The Value of Emotions

1. Information

Emotions provide us with information with much of that data coming from non-verbal content. The continuous flow of information means much of it being interpreted sub-consciously, affecting our emotions without conscious awareness.

2. Release

Emotions become a release through crying, laughing, expressing anger — a release of tension in response to what is being experienced. These actions are defined as coping mechanisms for the stressors of life.

3. Communication

Emotions are means of communication. Think of the gestures, facial expressions, or postures we use to communicate feelings during conversation. While these non-verbal interactions have emotional content, it is difficult to express non-emotional meaning through body language.