Essay On Emotional Intelligence

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2.1. Definition and background of Emotional Intelligence
Studies have shown that people with high Emotional Intelligence have greater mental health, job performance, and leadership skills although no causal relationships have been revealed. Such findings are possible to be attributable to general intelligence and specific personality traits rather than emotional intelligence as a construct. Emotional intelligence (EI) is the capacity of individuals to know their own and other people's emotions, to differentiate between different feelings and tag them properly and to use emotional information to monitor thinking and behaviour. Emotional intelligence also reveals abilities to connect intelligence, empathy and emotions to improve thought and understanding of interpersonal dynamics. However, considerable disagreement exists regarding the definition of Emotional Intelligence, with regards to both terminology and operationalization. There are three main models of Emotional Intelligence as follows:
1. Ability model
Salovey and Mayer's conception of EI aims to define EI within the boundaries of the standard criteria for a new intelligence. Subsequent to their on-going research, their initial definition of EI was reviewed to "The ability to perceive emotion, integrate emotion to facilitate
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V. Petrides") proposed a theoretical distinction between the ability based model and a trait based model of EI and has been developing over many years in numerous publications. In unqualified terms, trait EI refers to an individual's self-perceptions of their emotional abilities. This definition of EI encompasses behavioural dispositions and self-perceived abilities and is measured by self-report, as opposite to the ability founded model which refers to actual abilities. The conceptualization of EI as a personality trait leads to a construct that lies outside the classification of human cognitive
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