Emotional Education is the systematic development of our emotions, feelings, and intuitive capacities, just as our current school system systematically trains our thinking capacities. Emotional Education acknowledges that through feelings, we have intuitive access to insights and knowledge as we have logical access to knowledge through thinking.
Our current worldwide personal, interpersonal, cultural, and intercultural problems spring from education systems that train our thinking while neglecting our feelings. Bringing back a balanced education that sees the strength and weaknesses of both the thinking and feeling access to knowledge will lead to new insights and solutions that cannot be found by only using the thinking mind.
Additionally, Eastern and Western Cultures have different approaches to knowledge. While Eastern Cultures think more with their feelings than Western Cultures, which focus on the rational mind, Emotional Education would help support intercultural understanding.
Through emotions, we are in relationships in our daily life, private and business. Relationships are the basis of every interaction we have. We don’t allow people to drive cars without a driver’s license because it would be harmful. Why do we accept going through life and interacting with others without an “emotional driver’s license”? Why are we not learning and testing one’s relationship capabilities as we do in schools with math or any other subject? Relationship capabilities are based on emotional maturity gained through Emotional Education.
The damage of leaders who govern companies and countries based on severe personal emotional conflicts is devastating.
Emotional Education leads to a healthy and strong relationship with your inner self. You connect clearly to your intuition, inner guidance, and ethics.
In this way, it is less likely to be manipulated by external influences. You can respect trustworthy authorities and identify false ones. You will be able to feel, think and act in coherence with a healthy sense of honor and authenticity. You don’t need to pretend to be someone you are not.
A part of Emotional Education is a way to build one’s character and learn ethics – not only with your mind but also with your emotional body. Why is this necessary? Our subconsciousness mainly drives our actions and, therefore, our emotions. By developing our feelings, we change our actions, as the mind alone cannot do this.
Furthermore, the Eastern and Western Worlds have different understandings of Ethics. Feminine ethics, primarily driven by intuitive knowledge, are more common in the East, and masculine Ethics, mainly driven by cognitive ability, dominate in the West. Through “Emotional Education,” understanding both could help intercultural understanding
Again, as with most skills, the earlier you learn, the easier it will be to understand and become highly skilled. Emotional Education can and should begin in kindergarten with a playful approach. The more power a person has over other people [politicians, business leaders, medical professionals, teachers,…], the higher their emotional maturity should be. Otherwise, they will misuse their power due to unresolved, hidden emotional conflicts.
Mastering any art or skill takes time. The more you study and practice Emotional Education, the more sophisticated you will become. And, as with any craft or art, only some who practice regularly, e.g., music, will become someone like Mozart. But everyone can get their high school degree in Emotional Education as everyone can get it in Mathematics.
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While today the Western culture is obsessed with Eastern spiritual approaches to a healthy and fulfilled life, there is a forgotten original Western spiritual heritage. Ancient Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle taught that to achieve Eudaemonia, a spiritually, emotionally, and mentally fulfilled and healthy life in harmony with oneself and society; we need to cultivate our heart qualities [they called them virtues]. This cultivation of character is the missing counterpart to the Eastern path of detaching and transcending one’s self.
Dr. Gabriele Maria Sigg studied philosophy and sociology, investigating honor as the basis of a healthy society as her Ph.D. work. She is an expert in Greek philosophy and “Deutsche Geisteswissenschaft” (German Poets and Thinkers). Dr. Sigg translates the original Western spiritual and personal character development ideas for a fulfilled life into modern language. Through personal experience and her professional expertise in philosophy and sociology, she envisioned the importance of Emotional Education not to repeat the unproductive cycles of male-female / matriarchy-patriarchy / mind-emotional-polarization. Instead, her mission is to create a balanced society that embodies love, freedom, and honor (justice).