Emotional Intelligence : Self Regulation

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Emotional Intelligence Self-regulation operates under the bigger process of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is a determinant in how drivers will respond on the road in an ever-changing driving environment (Stephens & Ukpere, 2011). Of 565 participants, eighty percent that had been involved in car accidents displayed low emotional intelligence or found it difficult to control emotions (Stephens & Ukpere, 2011). As evidenced by numerous self-help books, Westerners place value on the ability to control one’s emotions (Grewal, Brackett, & Salovey, 2006). Historically, the changing views of functional rationality of emotions and definitions of intelligence were the blocks upon which the term emotional intelligence was built (Grewal et al., 2006). Greek philosophers viewed emotions as being an obstruction to rational thought (Grewal, Brackett, & Salovey, 2006). Efforts of Sternberg, Gardner, and other investigators, who sought to broaden the definition of intelligence, set the stage for emotional intelligence.
Emotional intelligence models vary across many domains, but most include aspects of self-awareness, self-control, and empathy (Chang, 2008). In the early 1990s, Salovey and Mayer proposed an emotional intelligence model defined by four parts: perceiving, using, understanding, and managing emotions (as cited by Grewal et al., 2006). Chang suggested these four components of emotional intelligence (perceiving, using, understanding, and managing emotions) may…
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