The importance and impact of emotional intelligence can be better be explained by the sad true story of a man called Phonies gage. Phonies gage was a 25 year old construction foreman whose ability to lead his team as they lay tracks for the Rutland and Burlington railroad in Vermont was revered. His employers also acknowledged his efficiency and capabilities by putting him In charge of the most challenging and dangerous part of the blasting operation.
On aghast fateful day In September 1848, a Job he was a master at – safe explosions of rocks), a slight distraction caused him to sis a step In the process of blowing up rocks, a 13. 25 lb. Iron tampering rod, measuring 37 Inches entered sage’s left cheek, placing his skull and his brain before excellent at high speed through the top of his head. Miraculously, Phonies survived and lived through his accident with little or no Impact to his ablest. He responded to treatment, and In less than 2 months he was pronounced cured and well, he could talk. Elk and there was vision In his left eye behind which the rod pierced through. All was well after Phonies’ recovery until he started showing signs of aggression, he cost his respect for social conventions, he basically lost his personality, and the once loved and respected foreman by family and friends was now a stranger. His new found temper and profanity cost him his job that he was once revered for and for the remaining 11 years of his life that he lived after the accident he was forced to become highway some will call a circus attraction to earn a living.
The link between Phonies gage and emotional intelligence According GTAG Salesman’s book 1995, emotional intelligence emotional intelligence is he capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in us and in our relationships. Sage’s story also helps us to understand the complexity of the human brain that there is a portion dedicated to reasoning emotionally, managing a sense of responsibility towards self and others.
Sage’s accident took out his entire frontal lobe; a doctor named Harrow tried to explain the link between the accident and the changes in sage’s behavior, The effect of the injury appears to have been the destruction of he equilibrium between his intellectual faculties and the animal propensities. He was now capricious, fitful, irreverent, impatient of restraint, vacillating… Halls physical recovery was complete, but those who knew him as a shrewd, smart, energetic, persistent business man, recognized the change In mental character.