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Tuesday 24-March-09

Can you become more emotionally intelligent?

The notion of emotion in business was once anathema as the Taylorist principles of 'rational man' assumed a mechanistic system of managers telling and workers obeying unquestioningly. Particularly as manufacturing headed East and service industries grew, unthinking and unfeeling employees became more and more undesirable.

Into this mix, Daniel Goleman published the hugely influential 'Emotional Intelligence', which took the notion IQ and turned it 90 degrees into the field of emotion. Now managers with low 'EI' are seen as dangerous and there is an ongoing scramble to become more 'emotionally intelligent.' EI is also good for your health, your career and has even been linked to improved orgasms (now there's an interesting experiment!')..

So can you increase you EI? A recent study Delphine Nelis and colleagues says yes, training in emotional intelligence (EI) actually works. Students were given training of 4 weekly sessions lasting 2.5 hours each plus homework. After six months, tests showed distinct improvements in aspects of emotional intelligence normally considered immutable traits, including emotion identification and emotion management of self and others' emotions. Curiously, 'emotional understanding' showed no improvement.

What this means for you and me is that we have no excuses. EI has clear benefits and we can improve. So let's get to it!

Reference:
Nelis, D., Quoidbach, J., Mikolajczak, M., & Hansenne, M. (2009). Increasing emotional intelligence: (How) is it possible?, Personality and Individual Differences, 47 (1), 36-41


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'Emotional Intelligence', which took the notion IQ and turned it 90 degrees into ?

 -- messuage.ru

Dave replies:
Aye, well, if you get into the detail of what exactly is being measured, it does get sticky. The key thing about EI is that it surfaces and permits discussion about emotion
in contexts where it was previously forbidden.


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