In the movie The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg’s character came across as a genius – and a jackass.
Initially getting the idea for an exclusive “social network” from fellow classmates at Harvard who wanted him on their entrepreneurial team, he stole their idea and avoided them like the plague until “The Facebook” was launched.
Extremely envious of his only true friend Eduardo’s acceptance into a highly influential campus club, he insulted him with snide comments. Zuckerberg used him for financial backing, then, under the influence of Napster founder Sean Parker, eventually cheated him out of financial gain from Facebook.
Zuckerberg apparently has a high IQ and ended up with scads of money, but his emotional intelligence leaves a lot to be desired.
I equate emotional intelligence (EI) with common sense, because being able to deal with our feelings helps us resolve life’s problems, which often involve emotional issues. EI also means getting along with other people and relating to them in an emotionally healthy way.
As described by the Help Guide website, “social awareness” is just one of the four core abilities that make up EI. As shown in the movie, Zuckerberg’s character was definitely lacking in this aspect. He was highly intelligent, yet had an inferiority complex and was socially inept.
What do you think, fellow Social Network viewers? Was Zuckerberg emotionally inadequate (aka, a jerk), or simply misunderstood?
- Want to learn more about emotional intelligence? Check out the Emotional Intelligence Information website