Kazimierz Dąbrowski, in his Positive disintegration theory talks about overexcitability as the most evident aspect of developmental potential. He distinguishes five types of overexcitabilties: psychomotor, sensual, intellectual, imaginational and emotional. The emotional excitability, according to the Wikipedia

is characterised by heightened, intense feelings, extreme experience of complex emotions, identification with others' feelings to the point of actual experience and strong sentimental expression

These overexcitabilities tend to be present to different extents in gifted people, so it seems reasonable to think that in this case, a deeper capability of feeling emotions is linked to a higher intellectual intelligence.

Does this also happen in the wild? Are there any studies that not only establish the intellectual development of the species that surround us, but also their capability to feel emotions, and any correlation between that?

Ultimately, is intellectual intelligence development associated to emotional development? Are emotions needed to develop intellectual intelligence in a species?

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Psychology.SE. Can you please define what definition of intelligence is required here. For example, there is intelligence measured by IQ and there is emotional intelligence (EQ) $\endgroup$ May 23, 2019 at 11:58
  • $\begingroup$ Agree—difficult to resolve the current questions without defining intelligence further. Excitability was explained clearly. It may be worth considering why emotions exist, separate from their relationship to specific types of cognitive performance. $\endgroup$ May 23, 2019 at 12:02
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks! I've tried to clarify the question talking about intellectual intelligence rather than just plain intelligence. $\endgroup$ May 23, 2019 at 12:02
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    $\begingroup$ @CameronBrick Completely agree about considering why emotions exist. With my limited knowledge about this I tend to think that intellectual intelligence is our navigation system, while emotions are our engine: intelligence wouldn't take us anywhere without the desire to be anywhere else. Maybe it's worth to create another question about this :) $\endgroup$ May 23, 2019 at 12:09
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    $\begingroup$ "intelligence is our navigation system, while emotions are our engine" I love that analogy! Might be stealing it. ;p $\endgroup$
    – Steven Jeuris
    May 23, 2019 at 15:01


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