The "Jen Ratio" – A More Nuanced View of Emotional Intelligence


think about the relationship of jen as a lens through which you can take stock of their attempt to lead a meaningful life.

– D. Keltner, born to be good: the science of a life significant

you know that if they engage in five acts of kindness a week, you can raise your personal well-being in life forms? You might think that this is obvious. Try to do it and face the real world of chaos, uncertainty for many and news that more bad than good. It is a good and compassionate work.

think of how it would benefit any organization acts of kindness coursing through him every hour and every day. The rise of the ratio of positive emotion directly affect the quality and quantity of innovation!

“Jen” science, the study of positive emotion, has been hinted at for centuries by several philosophers and scientists such as Darwin, Confucius, Socrates, and Plato. But “jen” has only become its own recently in the shadow and dying embers of the industrial revolution.

as elite athletes have known for some time, do not rise to our best through fear. The latter helps us survive under extreme circumstances, but it is not sustainable as a way of being.

the last crisis financial global has proven that the “Homo economicus” of Adam Smith has its limits. The pursuit of self-interest that is not focused on getting the good in others can lead to serious destruction. As D├Ącher Keltner, author of Born reiterated good, selfishness, competition and monitoring have been built in our evolutionary makeup to survive, but these trends are only “half of the story”. “Homo reciprocans” is a better description of our reciprocal nature and the importance of the emotions to make economic or any other decisions.

the good emotional side of humanity, called “jen” by Confucius, has always been with us. It is gaining ground in our consciousness around the world as being more and better informed. Be reminded us on our good side by Henry Patch, the last surviving soldier to they have fought in the trenches of the first world war, who died aged 111 on July 25, 2009. In his memoirs, written after reaching 100, described the agreement he and his companions make: avoid killing the enemy if possible. Aim for the legs in place. Academics have picked up on this theme on our emotional side good for a number of decades.

in the 90s, Daniel Goleman and others revived the place that emotional intelligence as a conductor of great leadership, the largest that done in an organization, the most important.

not long after, Marcus Buckingham through his research of Gallup of more than 80,000 managers based on the strengths of employees is a faster route to a positive climate and the success of the employee who try to change what is not there (transformation of weaknesses).

lately, even planning has had a facelift with the introduction of the process called “Appreciative inquiry” or “AI” for short. As practices of elite sport, AI takes the road working on the creation of more than one outstanding performance of an organization through aspirational discovery, dreaming and design.

since the end of the 90s, Martin Seligman, who became famous for his theory of “desamparo” in the 1970s and 80s, began a growing worldwide movement called “Positive psychology”. It is based on the works of famous psychologists humanists such as Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers and Erich Fromm.

recently, neuroscience is lending credibility to the value of “jen” (which means “human”), long advocated by Confucius. We are giving to others and act cooperatively. When we do it, centers of reward of our dense brain with dopamine receptors are illuminated and have activity. Confucius recognized that cultivate the character of “jen” developed in oneself and others, led to the meaningful life and counter violence, materialism, and the hierarchy does not lack.

is the “relationship of jen”? The numerator refers to the acts of kindness, compassion, fear, love, gratitude and embarrassment even. The denominator represents the ‘bad’ action when instead of setting the character of one putting the good of others upon termination, a person is disdainful, critical, condescending and derisive (all the elements that make “bad” relationships). It is well documented that these actions do not lend a hand to anyone in any place.

the researchers now are taking values of couples of “relationship of jen” of individuals, married, Nations, cultures and different age groups. As observations of Keltner, “Prosper the Nations whose citizens take out the good in others for completion” as “trust (a key outcome of”jen”) facilitates the economic exchange with less transaction costs, accusatory settlements, discrimination and economic inequality”.

winners of various Nobel Laureates in economics coincide. Cooperation late cut-throat competition, winner-take-all in a complex social system where confidence ultimately must be a guiding principle. New research from the Center for neuroeconomics more bases the value of confidence for economic performance and welfare benefits.

Scandinavian countries and East Asian fare better in this regard than in South America and Eastern Europe. Even poor countries as the India generated a higher level of trust than richer nations like the United States. “Jen” wins the money!

the “relationship of jen” is a simple measure and another tool for administrators of leader. Acts of “jen” and “not jen” can be counted (see Buddhist “pebbles in a history of the bowl in With some deliberate practice, administrators can generate ratios most high “jen” leads to higher performance all – hard and soft – supported by the growing momentum of the “wheel of progress” through good deeds.


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