Here’s a nice turn-about study for all the Proggie types who believe that they can peer into the Conservative Mind and find various pathologies that all reduce to deviation from their exalted selves.
People who rate themselves as having high emotional intelligence (EI) tend to overestimate their ability to detect deception in others. This is the finding of a paper published in the journal Legal and Criminological Psychology on 18 May 2012.
Professor Stephen Porter, director of the Centre for the Advancement of Psychological Science and Law at University of British Columbia, Canada, along with colleagues Dr. Leanne ten Brinke and Alysha Baker used a standard questionnaire to measure the EI of 116 participants.
These participants were then asked to view 20 videos from around the world of people pleading for the safe return of a missing family member. In half the videos the person making the plea was responsible for the missing person’s disappearance or murder.
The participants were asked to judge whether the pleas were honest or deceptive, say how much confidence they had in their judgements, report the cues they had used to make those judgements and rate their emotional response to each plea.
Professor Porter found that higher EI was associated with overconfidence in assessing the sincerity of the pleas and sympathetic feelings towards people in the videos who turned out to be responsible for the disappearance.
Emotional Intelligence, it would seem, is a measure used to promote Proggie citizenship characteristics, such as naivete, that can be very useful to mass deceivers. I don’t mind if it’s used to find good Cruise Activities Directors, but if I were involved in recruiting to place people in any kind of policing role, such as staffing a TSA agency, I’d apply the test just to weed out the morons.
As Donald Fagan sang, “The things that pass for knowledge, I can’t understand.”
As a corollary, perhaps only the Emotionally Retarded are able to note the truth when confronted with this kind of hogwash. The left likes patsies (or as Glenn Reynolds likes to say, rubes) . . . a lot.
It’s a content-free stupidity. Emotional Intelligence.
Related: SCIENCE! also lets us know that Gaydar may be real. Well, what do you know? It’s almost as though the human brain were designed for ‘profiling.’
Also related, R.D. Brewer spotlights “How to Spot a Liar.”