Emotions constitute an influential way of knowing and, as I have argued elsewhere, if we are to appreciate the power of emotional knowledge we need to examine the role of emotional knowledge authority (Beatty, 2002a).
Emotional knowledge, as we receive it, perceive it, interpret and generate it, can move us to action or keep us in paralysis.
I often argue that emotional knowledge is continuously produced, reproduced and communicated one way or another among members of groups and hence that emotions are epistemological.
The aggregate sum of these influences equals emotional knowledge
(Cassidy, Parke, Butkovsky, & Brangart, 1992; see also Berk, 1999).
Chasen uses Salovey and Sluyter's (1997) definition of emotional intelligence as "the ability to perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions so as to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge
, and to reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote emotional and intellectual growth" (p.
Emotional knowledge involves identifying emotional expressions in others and responding to the emotional displays of others in acceptable ways.
Emotional competence has been defined as having three specific components: emotional expressiveness, emotional knowledge, and emotion regulation (Denham et al.
, skills, and intelligence hold a major key to improving education and helping students, teachers, faculty, and student development professionals attain higher degrees of achievement, career success, leadership, and personal well-being.
Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions in order to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge
, and to reflectively regulate emotions, so as to promote emotional and intellectual growth .
Mayer and Salovey (1997) have defined emotional intelligence as the ability for accurate understanding, evaluation and expression of emotions, ability for access or creation of feelings, ability for understanding emotions and emotional knowledge
and ability of adjusting emotions for promotion of emotions growth and intelligence .
Six Seconds CEO Josh Freedman sees InspirED as invaluable, "This collaboration with major players in the fields of emotional intelligence and social media has huge potential to change the way schools integrate emotional knowledge
into their programs.
For such a project to make a real social impact -- to enable the building of a substantial base of emotional knowledge
encompassing, for example, an understanding of the depth of feeling experienced by African Americans at tragedies such as Ferguson -- individual conversations need to be catalyzed millions of times.