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Emotional Intelligence [EI]

Emotional Intelligence [EI] refers to Intrapersonal Intelligence; being introspective and self-reflective capacities.

Strong emotional intelligence is typically found in introverts who prefer to work alone. These individuals are usually highly self-aware and capable of understanding their own emotions, goals, and motivations.

They often have an affinity for thought-based pursuits such as philosophy. They learn best when allowed to concentrate on the subject by themselves. There is often a high level of perfectionism associated with this intelligence.

Careers which suit those with this intelligence include philosophers, psychologists, theologians, and writers.


Emotional Quotient [EQ]

Emotional Intelligence is measured as an Emotional Quotient [EQ] describes an ability, capacity, or skill to perceive, assess, and manage the emotions of one's self, of others, and of groups.

Self-report measures of EQ include the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal by Bradberry and Greaves, (2005c). The Emotional Intelligence Appraisal measures the four EQ skills from Daniel Goleman's model:

  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Self-Management
  3. Social Awareness
  4. Relationship Management


Debate On EI Definition

The definition of emotional intelligence is constantly changing. For this reason, some psychologists prefer to distinguish emotional knowledge from emotional intelligence.

A continuum of emotional intelligence leads to 'social intelligence', which is more focused on how we manage our emotional interactions with others [interpersonal], rather than emotional intelligence, which could be isolated to refer to managing our own emotions [intrapersonal].

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