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Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

Similar to the inclusion of interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence in Gardner’s theory, another way to think about intelligence concerns the extent to which you are aware of and can effectively adjust to your emotions and those of others.  The extent to which you have a high or low level of emotional intelligence (EQ) might have profound implications for how well you can regulate your own behavior and get along with other people. Read about Daniel Goleman’s conceptualization of EQ and be prepared to describe the five characteristics outlined:

Read: Emotional Intelligence: Developing Strong "People Skills" (http://goo.gl/V396jY)

In a social world, the ability to regulate yourself and work effectively with others may have as much, or even more, to do with your success than your IQ.  Psychologists are still debating how we can accurately measure EQ, but there is at least some research that suggests EQ is more predictive of success in relationships and at work than IQ.