Understanding Emotional Intelligence ( Ei )

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Today they define Emotional Intelligence (EI) as “the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others.”(Psychology Today, 2014)
It is an aspect or characteristic that is essential in understanding ones emotional ability to monitor and be aware of their personal emotions as well as others, but to also be able to decipher different types of emotions and be able to apply those emotions to different types of behavior appropriately. Throughout history and research it has been proven that this skill has been tested in order to validate someone for different positions such as leadership performance or even job performance. This type of models that are used to assess EI being; ‘The Mix Methods Model’ and the ‘Ability Model’. The Ability Model is used to understand and distinguish one’s ability to understand emotions. This test is broken down and assesses different components; perceiving emotions, using emotions, understanding emotions and being able to handle those emotions.
These different components are assessed through the MSCEIT which is composed of emotional based problem solving questions, which gives individuals the chance of being able to calculate their sense of reasoning and even leaves room to ‘fake emotion’. It is composed of 4 branches of
EI and contains 141 items. “The Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test Version 2.0
(MSCEIT) was developed to measure individual differences in these cognitive processes”
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