This paper is based off my response to a fictional scenario. In this scenario, I am a struggling writer who has placed third in a writing contest held by the university I attend, and my fellow classmate in this scenario won the grand prize (Module 3 Lecture Pages, n.d.). However, I believe my classmate won the contest because he plagiarized one of my previously published stories, and now I have to face him at the awards ceremony (Module 3 Lecture Pages, n.d.).
How I react to this fictional scenario, is based on the varying levels of emotional intelligence, and whether or not my level of emotional intelligence played a role in my reaction (Module 3 Lecture Pages, n.d.). In addition, this paper will discuss the different levels of emotional intelligence by analyzing the four components (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management); as well as how an individual can increase his/ her level of emotional intelligence (Kinicki & Kreitner, 2009).
My response to the scenario
If I found out that a fellow classmate stole my idea from a previous story that I published, and won the grand prize with that story, I would be completely distraught, as would most people in that situation. Personally, I like to let my emotions settle, and in this case I would have the night to think about it before the awards ceremony the following day; this way I will not make a rash decision that I may regret.
The following morning I would contact the committee in charge of the writing contest at the University, and inform them of the situation by showing them my story that I had previously published. I would express my concerns to the committee, and inform them that this issue was not brought up because I want to try and change the outcome of the contest. Instead, I would emphasize that this about the possibility of plagiarism and the unethical writing practices that may have been made by my fellow classmate. I would then let the university handle the matter in whichever way they see fit, while I try to keep my emotions under control and respect the decision of the university.
As for when I see my fellow classmate, I would remain cordial and congratulate him on winning the contest. I probably would ask him where he got his story line from, as well as whether or not he has ever read my story I had published. I would confront him about my suspicion I have concerning the story line; most likely he would deny any plagiarism accusations that I or the university made against him. If he told me he didn’t steal my story line, then I would be the bigger person and tell him we should put our differences aside (agree to disagree), so that the conversation will not escalade into more of an argument.
Differing levels of emotional intelligence
The emotional intelligence level an individual has plays a significant role in how he/ she will react to any given situation (Kinicki & Kreitner, 2009). I believe an individual with a low...