Total emotional intelligence is equal in both groups, suggesting a similar level of gross emotional functioning
The median Total EQ scores for both groups were very similar, with psychiatrists scoring 101 and surgeons scoring 100
Perhaps more surprisingly, given that emotional understanding is the bedrock of psychiatry, Fig 2 Differences between professionals across the 15 subscales of emotional intelligence
Is this a reflection of the psychiatrist’s greater self-awareness, which is painful at times, something akin to Klein’s depressive position. This is not to say that surgeons do not have to deal with painful realities, it is merely that they adopt different strategies to deal with them, or does ‘cutting through’ depend on cutting off in an emotional sense?