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Old 06-14-11, 11:26 AM
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emotional intelligence

If what I have read is true emotional quotient is a better measure of 'life success' than IQ, if one is in the normal range or above.

In the past I have always taken emotional intelligence to mean emotional wellness and happiness.

But I am beginning to suspect it is also-in some cases- the ability to manipulate circumstances and/or people to get what you want or to put your point across more effectively.Or perhaps EQ is the ability to read social situations and react appropriatly?

Working with young children is constantly fasinating because you see some children (it is more obvious in girls) manipulate each other and their teachers/parents to achieve thier goal- these are often not the kindest of children or the most gifted intellectally-but they appear to be sucessful-and, well presented and organised,.

Other children who are just happy to be and or easy to be around and others who are just super difficult to be with.

Im really intrested to hear other peoples ideas, experience and views on EQ.

Im also intrested what one can do to promote emotional intellignce in both adualts and children.



What exactly the definition of EQ??? and can we test it?

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Old 06-14-11, 12:41 PM
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Re: emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is described by Salovey and Mayer as "the ability to perceive and express emotion accurately and adaptively (such as taking the perspective of others), to understand emotion and emotional knowledge (such as understanding the roles that emotions play in friendship and marriage) to use feelings to facilitate though (such as being in a positive mood, which is linked to creative thinking) and to manage emotions in oneself and others (such as being able to control one's anger)."

There is a test, called the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test, which measures perception, understanding, facilitating, and managing emotions. There are not many studies supporting any theories crafted using the test, however.
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Re: emotional intelligence

In my experience most of the guys who make it to the very top of the income ladder, top investment bankers, etc., are quite happy in their lives. They are also usually narcissists who tend to be too shallow to allow for any reasonable degree of introspection and thus consider themselves successful, as do those they tend to surround themselves with. They would completely fail an EI test but are fulfilled within the narrow view of life they hold, and in the end I think a fulfilled life is 'life success' regardless of how shallow it may be. Low expectations=happiness for a lot of people!
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Re: emotional intelligence

i can be machiavellian manipulative sometimes in order to achieve something. but most of the time my emotions are neutral or in flux so i cant say.
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Re: emotional intelligence

I don't know about my emotional intelligence, but my social intelligence kind of sucks.
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