Doctors are smart but not emotionally intelligent

As physicians, we are regarded as intelligent. Are we, as a community, as emotionally intelligent as we could be? The answer is no. Let’s face it. We are trained from the time we are medical students to disconnect and suppress our emotion, and we are taught to appear stoic and strong. Showing emotion in front of patients is discouraged, even in a situation that would be deemed acceptable by most. Consequently, we walk around stuffing whatever comes up naturally, and over time this can result in occasional (or for some frequent) emotional outbursts (usually categorized as angry and disruptive). The hard truth — we have been trained to the exact contrary of being emotionally intelli...

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