December 14, 2012

"Top 10 Emotional Intelligence Moments of 2012."

Some are high EQ and some are low. #6 is a fascinating low: a restaurant owner at a Romney campaign stop who suddenly wipes Romney's face — vigorously, with a napkin — just trying to help). #4 is a wonderful low, an inert man in a nursing home, revived by music. I love the part where the interviewer needs to be told to ask a yes-or-no question, and the man is able to respond, going far beyond yes/no. And then he's asked "What does music do to you?" and he says springs to life, saying:
It gives me the feeling of love — romance! I figure right now the world needs to come into music, singing — you've got beautiful music here.
Romance... that made me want to rethink the previous post about Egypt banning "romantic" songs on state TV and radio.

10 comments:

Ignorance is Bliss said...

The number-one low point should have been the election results. I mean, if trashing a bunch of cop cars makes the list, why doesn't trashing an entire country?

wyo sis said...

The power of the human mind to create it's own reality is remarkable.

Mitchell the Bat said...

The upside to my alcoholism and incipient dementia is that I might someday lose the brain cells that realize that billions of my fellow human beings actually care about this sort of stuff.

bagoh20 said...
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bagoh20 said...

Advertising is ruining the internet experience as it has much of the rest of the environment we see everyday around us.

My business has has been very successful for decades, and we have enjoyed over 90% market share in our key product without ever putting a single ad in anyone's face, ever. Make something different and useful, and make it well, and you won't have to beat people over the head with it to get them to buy it.

edutcher said...

Don't really get the concept.

wyo sis said...

The power of the human mind to create it's own reality is remarkable.

When I would watch The Blonde's mom during her Alzheimer's, I noticed she really got into those alternate realities.

bagoh20 said...

Has anyone created an application or extension that will skip or manage video ads you are forced to wait for before seeing what you came for. And don't tell me that's what pays for the content, because there used to be only a fraction of what we have today and people were getting rich then too.
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I don't quite understand the connection with E.Q. in most of those videos, but the one of the old man with the music brought me to tears of joy. No, it was not the wonder of Apple, inc. either. The technology to do that for that man has been around since before I was born. The idea is so simple and obvious, I can't see why it hasn't been standard care for decades. People love music? Well, no shit. Give them some damned music. For the cost of 10 minutes of care you can bring joy for the rest of their lives, and maybe bring them back to life. By the way, this works on people who are not senile or disabled too.
Now, turn it up, it's Friday!

Ann Althouse said...

"The upside to my alcoholism and incipient dementia is that I might someday lose the brain cells that realize that billions of my fellow human beings actually care about this sort of stuff."

What? I thought you were a bat.

Ann Althouse said...

"The idea is so simple and obvious, I can't see why it hasn't been standard care for decades. People love music? Well, no shit."

I think we inflict music on institutionalized persons that they may or may not like. What's distinctive about an iPod is that you can find out exactly what this person listened to when they were young or at important times in their life and fill an iPod with exactly that, then give them headphones to enter into that memory space. That's a hell of a lot more than piping in the usual songs-to-please-everyone.

bagoh20 said...

You don't need an Ipod to give the man music he likes. Most of us have had that since children, including headphones. An Ipod may make it very easy, but it would be well worth the work the old way. It's just that nobody thought to give what is missing most in the lives of these people, yet is easily provided: beauty, memories, joy, music. The problem was never technology, it was empathy, and imagination.