The Importance Of Emotional Intelligence ( Ei ) Essay

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Emotions are central to many aspects of human life. Since emotions are easier to feel than to describe, a generally accepted definition of emotion is lacking. As Izard (2010) argues: ‘emotion has no generally accepted definition’ (p. 369). However, in the present study, a sociocultural approach to emotions is used. This approach highlights the important role of relationships, social and cultural context as the determiner of emotional experience and expression (Zembylas, 2007).
Social and Emotional Skills
Social emotional skills is a commonly-used term in psychology and yet it is a concept difficult to define precisely. With respect to social emotional skills, it will be necessary to identify the concept of social skills and emotional skills first. Social skills refer to the ability to interact with other people, while emotional skills refer to the ability to understand one’s feeling and thought and to self-regulate effectively.
Salovey and Mayer (1990) published an important article about the concept of emotional intelligence (EI). These authors defined EI as: ‘the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and action’ (p. 189). In 1995, Daniel Goleman introduced the concept of emotional intelligence as the abilities to recognize, understand and manage one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions. Later, Mayer and Salovey (1997) suggest that EI can be classified into
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