“Ahh. What emotions? People these days are so fragile. They can’t even take a single hit. If they do take a hit, it is as if the whole world has ended. Pathetic!”
The words may not come out exactly as you have read above. But the truth is there are many people who brush aside the topic of emotions. And most reasons why people do so would point towards emotions being a sign of weakness.
However, at the same time, there are way more people who struggle with emotions! This is the real pandemic of the NOW! It’s widespread, and there hasn’t been a “cure”. So, what are people doing about it? Well, not all is grim. There are more and more people who have stepped up and out from their own darkness to share and educate others on how they have overcome their challenges and emotions. More and more people are beginning to embrace their inner selves. You can say that things are indeed changing.
But why? Why is it that so many people reject their own emotions and that of others? How did it become like this?
To understand, we need to know our history. Starting from the First Industrial Revolution in the mid-1700s right up till the mid-1900s, mankind went through significant changes, specifically in terms of manufacturing. With a top-down authoritarian approach when men led the way along with the development of machinery and factories to support this transition, we took a huge leap in overall growth. It was a milestone for mankind.
But what also came alongside the Industrial Revolution was war. On the battlefield, there is certainly no place for emotions. A soldier was there to follow orders and to complete their mission (or job).
The Industrial Revolution and World Wars were the backdrops of our parents’ upbringing and the generations before them as well. Simply said, the expression of emotions was not the key factor of our evolution in that era.
But change is indeed the one thing that is constant in life. And it is also said that belief systems take 3 generations to change and evolve.
Today, we are now moving into the Fifth Industrial Revolution.
“The 5th industrial revolution (5IR or Industry 5.0) places greater importance on human intelligence than ever before. Even today in the war on talent, AI enables recruiters to capture better profile matches. 5IR brings in huge benefits in providing the candidates with a more personalized experience in their job search.” cited from Fingent.com. Author: Tony Joseph
Citing Tony Joseph of Fingent.com, the keywords to capture are “personalized experience”. To be personalized, don’t we need to address emotions? You would hear of the term “personalization” commonly within the service sector. You would have heard of creating “wow” moments to hook potential customers. Aren’t testimonials and social proof of a specific product or service not made from emotions? The positive emotions of happy customers?
If emotions can be so widely accepted within a business (in our case, real estate business), why not our personal lives? Aren’t we each seeking fulfillment in what we do? Doesn’t work take up to 80% of our waking hours?
Here is the flipside. Did you know that people who are most in touch with their emotions are also most productive and successful? Did you know that the same people also have the greatest social relationships and love life? Did you also know that the same people are also the happiest and most fulfilled?
Human beings are emotional creatures. And as emotional creatures, we need to understand our own nature, before we can begin to master ourselves. And who knows what we can achieve together when we have become the masters of our fate and destiny? (This is a rhetorical question by the way. We would be able to reach new heights, influence our future and perhaps create our own heaven on earth!)
And it always starts with a choice. Will you go deeper down the rabbit hole? Or not?
How the 5th Industrial Revolution is Advancing Humanity at Workplace
This article is contributed by; Coach Alexander See, Co-Founder of Propcoach