EQ refers to the emotional intelligence, which is the ability to perceive yours and others emotions. EQ determines your level of happiness and how well you adapt to an environment. It is an inevitable skill that can be improved through lifetime. IQ and EQ are both significant factors of how to success, however, I believe that EQ is more important than IQ ( and sometimes can even drive the IQ up ). EQ, as defined, is the ability to feel. When feeling others emotions, you are also critically thinking about how to react, which is relate to what IQ is — the ability to think. Thus, people have high EQ tend to have a high IQ too.
People with high EQ will have a nice personality that basically fits into 18 behaviours including hard to get offended, don’t seek perfection and stop negative self-talk in its tracks etc. People with high EQ are usually outgoing and is easy to get along with as they consider other’s feeling. They are also aware of their own emotions and can control their own emotions well.
This Monday I attended the first medical society. The activity started with an introduction of what we do in class, and a mingle session with others. In this activity, we will be able to share experiences and information regarding to applying universities and latest medical news. The students leading this activity also told us that we will also have guest actors to help act out scenarios. I hope that I can learn more about medicine from communicating with members in this activity.
From discussing the topic “culture appropriation”, I started to reflect on the question “who owns culture”. The reason why people found culture appropriation offensive is because that they feel like foreigners have “stolen” their culture, but do they actually own the culture themselves? Culture and traditions where build by countless people and generations, no one can be called the “owner” of a specific culture because the formation of culture cannot be done by one person. Therefore, in this case, no one owns culture, culture is a shared possession between people within a community or region.
However, we also shared the responsibility to protect and advocate our culture. In other words, citizens in a city or country should have a deep understanding of their own culture, and when culture appropriation occurs, everyone should stand up and protect their culture if their culture has been misinterpreted or defamed. Due to the fact that local citizens are more familiar with the culture, and they probably have been educated with their cultural values, they have more right on representing their culture than any other people. If people are fulfilling their obligations of being a owner, then they could also “own” their culture in a way.
“Can texts ever be truly representative of groups of people?”
After the discussion last lesson, I thought that it is quite impossible to represent one group of people completely. Using “Crazy Rich Asians” as an example, some people might find it interesting and fascinating since it presented a different culture to people that are not familiar to Asian/Singaporean culture, however, many Asians have claimed that “Crazy Rich Asians” did not represent Asian culture at all. The background ad context of “Crazy Rich Asian” only apply to a few people, the majority of the Asian population cannot relate with the way they life, and therefore it cannot be called a representation of all the Asian culture. But it is a good start.
“Who gets to represent a group and who doesn’t?”
I believe that anyone can represent a group, as long as they put themselves in the right identity. For example, if “Crazy Rich Asians” isn’t targeting on the whole asian community, it will be more appropriate, because the background of the book does not apply to all the members in the “asian community”.
“Is the act of representation problematic?”
The act of representation can be controversial, however, I believe it is necessary and inevitable. A person can decide to represent a group through texts when he/she felt that it is time to speak out the voice of that community in order to let other people know about them. A good representation occurs when they are desperate of showing themselves, instead of representing themselves for diversity. The aim is different, and the outcome could be different.
The waterline of visibility diagram contrasts between how others view an individual and how exactly an individual really is. Some of my thoughts on this diagram is that people’s appearance can be really different from their true identity. Identity involves some sort of choices, including what kind of person they want to be. People with common identities can be found through having conversation, further explorations of a person’s identity can be revealed after getting closer. It is not fair to judge a person by first impression or appearance, the identities above the waterline is just their traits and cultural backgrounds that they carry with them. However, the identities people see in themselves can be different from how others view them. Other people might view them from a different perspective, thus making them having a different identity.