Emotional Intelligence is...


"...a set of emotional and social skills that influence the way we

  • perceive and express ourselves
  • develop and maintain social relationships
  • cope with challenges; and
  • use emotional information in an effective and meaningful way. "

Bar-On, 1997

...Big and Important

Emotional intelligence is the unique repertoire of emotional skills that a person uses to navigate the everyday challenges of life. In his book Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, Daniel Goleman defines EI as the "capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and our relationships."

The term Emotional Intelligence was conceived by Drs Peter Salovey and John Mayer in 1990 as an identifier for the human capacity to understand and engage in meaningful social interactions.


Reuven BarOn, an Israeli psychologist, devised another model of Emotional Intelligence and used it to create his Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i®). Throughout his research, his intent was to create a predictor of success. This self-assessment pinpoints the traits that allow a person to succeed and those that stand in the way of progress. For this reason the tool is particularly useful in personal and professional development. The EQ-i was the first scientifically validated self-report measure of Emotional Intelligence, and it is still one of the most widely used assessments for gauging EI.

The 5 Composites explained...

1 Self Perception

the Good? the Bad?...

Please show me how

or the Aware ?

"...what we generally refer to as the "inner self"...how in touch with your feelings you are,how good you feel about yourself and what you are doing in life....confidence in pursuing your life goals."

Steven J Stein & Howard E Book, 2011

2 Self Expression

A struggle to be heard?

Please show me how

Or at ease in your skin?

"People who exhibit effective emotional expression are open and congruent in the emotional messages they send to others."

Steven J Stein & Howard E Book, 2011

3 Interpersonal

scoring points ?

Please show me how

Or achieving goals ?

"Those who function well in this area tend to be responsible and dependable...They inspire trust and function well as part of a team. "

Steven J Stein & Howard E Book, 2011

4 Decision Making

the endless round...?

Please show me how

Or the journey?

"your ability to use your emotions in the best way that helps you solve problems and make optional choices.Success...means that you can...manage impulses that may disrupt effective decision making."

Steven J Stein & Howard E Book, 2011

5 Stress Management

enduring the moment ?

Please show me how

or living the moment ?

"your ability to be flexible, tolerate stress and be optimistic...demonstrate resilience,maintain a positive attitude, and constructively withstand adverse events..."

Steven J Stein & Howard E Book, 2011

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