Social Problem Solving


A positive social problem solving (SPS) orientation is believed to produce effective emotional outcomes. Less functional SPS, e.g., impulsivity, carelessness and avoidance of personal responsibility for one’s emotions are believed to be associated with maladaptive behavior and psychological distress.

Emotional intelligence (EI) theory may be best understood as a multidimensional system of SPS requiring a full appreciation for the bio-psycho-social model of broad-spectrum healthcare:

  • The biological element of the bio-psycho-social model is allied with the oft-overlooked anatomical influence on emotion, e.g., the limbic system (neighborhood), sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems, major organs, neurons and hormones, etc.
  • The psychological factor in the bio-psycho-social model is derived from rational emotive behavior theory [REBT] which endorses the application of rationality in personal decision-making, often citing Epictetus as its maxim: “What disturbs peoples’ minds is not events but their judgments on events.” The term irrational may be defined as dysfunctional thought processing that includes exaggeration, oversimplification, overgeneralization, illogic, unproven assumptions, faulty deductions, and absolutistic notions.
  • The social aspect of the bio-psycho-social model is related to the unique environments in which people are reared, i.e., family, community, state, country, etc. environments that greatly influence thought and encourage conformity in emotional behavior.
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