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Emotional Intelligence Assessment

Emotional Intelligence Assessment

The whole subject of “emotional intelligence” arguably began (although the term was unknown back then) about 2,000 years ago when Plato wrote, “All learning has an emotional base.” Since then, scientists, educators, psychologists and philosophers have worked to prove or disprove the importance of feelings in decision-making. Unfortunately, for a large part of those two millennia, common thought was, “Emotions are in the way. They keep us from making good decisions, and they keep us from focusing.” In the last three decades, a growing body of research is proving just the opposite.

In the 1950’s, the psychologist Abraham Maslow wrote about how people could enhance their emotional, physical, spiritual, and mental strengths and started the “human potential” movement.  The 1970’s–80’s followed with the development of many new sciences in the humanism movement.  An important researcher here was Yale University Psychology chair, Peter Salovey.  He defined the emergent concept of “emotional intelligence” as: “The ability to perceive emotions; to access and generate emotions so as to assist thought; to understand emotions and emotional knowledge; to reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote emotional and intellectual growth.”

Building on the above definition we can say that the term “emotional intelligence” draws on two simple concepts. To be “intelligent” or what is termed “applying knowledge appropriately” and to be “emotionally astute” or “tuned in”, or what is termed “applying feelings appropriately”. These two measures in combination help to determine an individual’s relative level of intelligence and emotion and we can then start to better determine how appropriately an individual applies both his or her knowledge and feelings to a given situation.

Emotional Intelligence AssessmentThe “Emotional Intelligence assessment” (see link below) gives individuals the opportunity to carry out a self-assessment in terms of the emotional intelligence style they most often adopt, their secondary style and even their tertiary style (plotting the results on a four-quadrant grid for maximum visual impact). Individuals end up with a personalized report of results which also then shows where efforts to improve their emotional intelligence may be focused in the future, including specific steps to “flex” their style to better deal with the many different situations they are likely to encounter. The $15 spent on this assessment is therefore well-worth the investment in taking it.

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