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My notes and selected quotes from the abstract
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Someone sent me a complete copy of Wayne's paper on what he called emotional intelligence back in the mid 1980's. It is one big image file since it was put on microfilm before the days of the Internet. It is hard to copy from but I have been able to clip some sections of it as images to show you more of what is inside it. It is well worth getting a copy of if you are serious about studying or thinking about the concept of emotional intelligence. (If you write to me and explain your interest in it, I will try to send you a copy when I have time.) (Sept 2011Note- with some help of friends, we now have most of the microfilm in text format)
I am even more interested in Wayne's writing after spending time reading the actual paper rather than just the abstract which I saw before.
Page 58 - Quotes mother writing about coach in the USA telling kids to "leave the other guy bleeding"
The copy I was given is from University Microfilms, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. I assume you can get your own copy there, but I haven't confirmed this. I also do not know if any other version is available other than the image version which is not searchable since it is not created from a digital text file.
Early writing on this page- From 2005
In 1985 Wayne Payne published a doctoral thesis titled, A STUDY OF EMOTION: DEVELOPING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE.
I am not sure when I first heard of Wayne's thesis, but it was either in one of the Mayer-Salovey articles, or when I talked with Jack Mayer in his office. But one thing I am sure of is that Jack told me he had contacted the school Wayne went to and ordered a copy of the entire dissertation. I believe Jack did this around 1998 or 1999. Jack told me he also tried to get in touch with Wayne but he learned that Wayne had died. The school where Payne wrote this paper has now been renamed The Union Institute. I believe you can get a copy of the dissertation from them. Here is the contact information.
After I spoke with Jack I found an online copy of the abstract from Wayne's dissertation. At that time I read it a little quickly and then put a copy of it on my site without much comment. Today I read it again and found new interest in it. The abstract clearly suggests that Wayne had done a lot of thinking, and a lot of original thinking, about emotions and what he called "emotional intelligence" at least five years before Salovey and Mayer published their first paper, in 1990, using the term.
Wayne was obviously concerned about how society has historically suppressed emotions. This is something that Salovey and Mayer also seemed to be concerned about in their original 1990 paper on EI, though less so than Wayne. In comparison, Dan Goleman seems never to have been very concerned about the suppression of emotion. Instead, he gives the impression he believes we need to control and "regulate" our emotions even more than we are already taught to do.
Goleman's early, and apparently continued, interest in meditation is one indication of this. And his frequent use of the words "regulate" and "appropriate" is another indication. Goleman also said in his 1995 book that the ability to wait and the ability to "follow directions" are "elements of emotional intelligence" (p 193)
Also, in his 1995 book he made it clear that he thought the ability to "control impulse" and "delay gratification" was a main part of emotional intelligence. In contrast, Mayer and Salovey have never included the ability to delay gratification in their definition of EI.
Something else interesting to me is how Wayne talked about "emotional ignorance." He said that it causes social problems such as depression, addiction, illness, religious conflict, violence and war. I agree, but would add that our problems are not just from emotional ignorance, but are from what I call emotional poison. Parents, teachers and other adults are not just ignoring emotions when they teach and train children and teens; They are teaching emotionally unhealthy lessons and giving them emotionally toxic role models to follow.
I believe many children and teens would be better off without the adults who they are being raised, and often brainwashed, by. Just one example is how a 13 year old female in England was urged to learn to shoot a gun as part of her school training when her own emotions were telling her to stay away from deadly weapons. The same teen has been told "there is nothing to be afraid of" when she has told the adults and even older students that she is afraid of going to the medical center at the school. In other words, this teen, like so many around the world is being systematically invalidated and taught to discount the importance of her own feelings. When her innate feelings tell her she does not want to do something, she is called a "wimp" among other toxic labels. (See Education in England)
When I read what Wayne wrote in 1985 I have a sense that he was on the right track. A sense that he understood the idea of emotional intelligence perhaps better than Mayer, Salovey or Caruso. And definitely better than the people I call "fakes" in the field of EI today. I feel sad that Wayne is no longer here to offer us his ideas. And I feel very curious to know what is in the rest of his dissertation. I would like to read it one day myself. If anyone ever gets a copy of it, please let me know.
I may also try to contact some people at The Union Institute in Ohio where he went to school. Maybe some student would be interested in his work and could help us all out by telling us more about it.
My notes and selected quotes from the abstract
The abstract starts with this:
He then says a "theoretical and philosophical framework is developed" to help us understand the "nature and characteristics of emotion and emotional intelligence" and to guide us ways of "developing emotional intelligence--in self and, by way of education, in others."
It is interesting to compare this with what Salovey and Mayer wrote in 1990 in their first paper on EI. They said:
With other authors I might feel skeptical that they copied the idea of emotional intelligence from Wayne Payne without giving him credit, but knowing Jack Mayer, this seems unlikely. So my next thought was that in 1990 Salovey and Mayer did not know of the existence of Wayne´s paper . My next thought was "Why didn't they? Didn't they do a research check to see if any one else had used the term "emotional intelligence" before them? My next thought was "Maybe they did, but the abstract hadn't been available in any electronic form in 1990 so they didn't know it ever existed, but maybe later, around 1999, when Jack Mayer was looking for the first use of the term "emotional intelligence", it had been added to an online database, and Jack found it. As I recall, Jack told me he and his research assistants were looking for earlier uses of the term emotional intelligence because he and Peter Salovey never wanted to be given credit for being the first to use the term.
In any case, later Payne says in his abstract:
Then he says that many social problems are the "direct result of emotional ignorance". He lists as examples depression, addiction, illness, religious conflict, violence and war. I agree, but I would add suicide, especially teen suicide to this list.
He then says that "perhaps we humans have tried too hard to "civilize" ourselves, trying to deny our true animal nature--our emotional nature--along the way." He suggests that we have done this "because we have had the wrong idea altogether about the nature of emotion and the important function it serves in our lives."
I agree with him on this.
He goes on to say, "This work is intended to be a prototype of a guidebook on developing emotional intelligence." He next lists three ways his paper offers this guidance.
Then in the final line of the abstract Wayne says emotional intelligence "involves relating creatively to fear, pain and desire" and says his dissertation offers guidance on "how to relate to them in emotionally intelligent ways."
His choice of the word "creatively" is interesting to me. I can't think of many authors on EI who have said something like this. They usually say something more like "intelligently" but not "creatively." To say "creatively" suggest that Wayne had the idea that to be emotionally intelligent meant having the ability to create new ways of responding to emotional situations, as opposed to just repeating patterns that you have seen modeled by those around you.
And this, is a very interesting and, I believe, profound thought.
A STUDY OF EMOTION: DEVELOPING EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE;
RELATING TO FEAR, PAIN AND DESIRE (THEORY, STRUCTURE
Wayne Leon Payne
This paper introduces the
concept of emotional intelligence, a faculty of
consciousness heretofore overlooked. A rigorous
theoretical and philosophical framework is developed to
throw light on the nature and characteristics of emotion
and emotional intelligence and to enable us to explore
how one actually goes about developing emotional
intelligence--in self and, by way of education, in
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Note on the word "dissertation" - The original abstract read "Project Demonstrating Excellence" which I am sure the grad students all called PDE and I assume is pretty much the same as a dissertation. When I went to the University of Texas we had to do a paper the school called a "Professional Report" or "PR" as all the students called it. This was like a mini dissertation. I still have a bound copy of mine somewhere and so does the U of Texas. Mine was on Organization Development consulting.
Schools, Crying, Hypocrisy, Democracy
There are no institutions in
society that provide opportunities to learn how to relate
to emotion. The only education we offer children--or
adults for that matter-- around emotional issues is in
the context of "moral education," and
responsibility for this falls primarily on the family and
the church. It is considered to be nobody's business what
I teach my children regarding such issues as how to deal
with emotional stress. What recourse does a child have
who, for instance, is consistently punished for crying?
Who is there to help this child to understand that he or
she is a victim of circumstances?
from page 55-56
p 58 - "Leave the other guy bleeding"
Religion as a Psychotic Episode
|P's comments - Feb 2013
He sometimes uses vague terms like "relating to emotion" and "realms" without explaining what he means by the term.
P says it is too bad he is not still alive so we could ask him what he meant.
In Chapter 12 he spends a lot of time talking about holographs, without showing a clear, practical relevance to emotional intelligence.