What is emotional intelligence?

Emotions influence everything we do. All perceptions are filtered through an emotional lens. Emotions impact our ability to use logic and reason. Understanding more about the role of emotions in our lives will increase our effectiveness at work and in life. 

The science of emotional intelligence

Dr. Reuven Bar-On had a very general research question in mind, which was, “what made some people ‘successful’ in work and in life independent of their intelligence quotient (IQ) scores?” Therefore, his model of emotional and social functioning (hitherto becoming known as a model of emotional intelligence) is a model of skills developed throughout our growth and development. Therefore, these emotional skills, can be measured and improved.

Anyone can become angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way – this is not easy. Aristotle (approx. 350BCE)

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