What Is Emotional Intelligence?
There are many possible definitions of emotional intelligence. However, being a relatively new area, the definition of emotional intelligence is still in a state of flux. one possible definition:
The set of skills that underlie the accurate assessment, evaluation, and regulation of emotions. Emotional intelligence provides an understanding of what other people are feeling and exeperiencing, and permits us to respond appropriately to other's needs.
Emotion. In this model, emotion refers to a feeling state (including physiological responses and cognitions) that conveys information about relationships. For example, happiness is a feeling state that also conveys information about relationships -- typically, that one would like to join with others. Similarly, fear is a feeling state that corresponds to a relationship -- the urge to flee others.
There are different kinds of emotions:
It has interjections expressing degrees of these emotions:
discovery - confusion
gain - loss
generousity - greed
surprise - no surprise - expectation
wonder - commonplace
happiness - unhappiness
amusement - weariness
completion - incompleteness
courage - timidity - cowardice
pity - cruelty
repentance - lack of regret - innocence
pride - modesty - shame
closeness - detachment - distance
complaint/pain - doing OK - pleasure
caution - boldness - rashness - drama
patience - mere tolerance - anger
relaxation - composure - stress
fear - nervousness - security
togetherness - privacy
respect - disrespect
appreciation - envy
love - no love lost - hatred
familiarity - mystery
attentive - inattentive - avoiding
alertness - exhaustion
intent - indecision - refusal
effort - no real effort - repose
hope - despair
desire - indifference - reluctance
interest - no interest - repulsion
Complex propositional attitudes
permission - prohibition
competence - incompetence
obligation - freedom
constraint - independence - resistance to constraint
request - negative request
suggestion - no suggestion - warning
Intelligence. In this model, intelligence refers to the capacity to reason validly about information.
Who Is Emotionally Intelligent?
Generally speaking, emotional intelligence improves an individual's social effectiveness. The higher the emotional intelligence, the better the social relations. Here is described emotionally intellinet person:
The high EI individual, most centrally, can better perceive emotions, use them in thought, understand their meanings, and manage emotions, than others. Solving emotional problems likely requires less cognitive effort for this individual. The person also tends to be somewhat higher in verbal, social, and other intelligences, particularly if the individual scored higher in the understanding emotions portion of EI. The individual tends to be more open and agreeable than others. The high EI person is drawn to occupations involving social interactions such as teaching and counseling more so than to occupations involving clerical or administrative tasks.