How To Rate Emotional Intelligence
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Most people agree that emotional intelligence (or EQ as it is commonly referred to) plays an important role in success. In fact, research suggests that having high levels of self-awareness, understanding others’ emotions, being able to identify your own feelings, taking time to understand yourself and your place in the world, and managing your moods are all key factors in career success.
However, there is some disagreement about how best to assess someone's level of emotional intelligence. Some experts believe that no one truly has supreme emotional IQ, just like nobody has perfect vision or speaks every language. Therefore, they suggest using a test to compare what you know with what other people know and see if you match up. This way, you can determine whether you have higher than average emotional intelligence or not!
There are many tests that measure different aspects of emotional intelligence, but none claim to be the definitive answer. That said, some tests do seem more accurate than others for use in the workplace. For example, a test called the Mayer-Johnson Ability Test requires participants to choose from among several statements and questions and then rate their degree of agreement.
Here, we will discuss three such tests and why each one seems appropriate for use when trying to evaluate emotional intelligence in employees. Although these tests were designed and validated for use at work, you can easily apply them outside of that context to get similar results. So, consider this article to be a primer on testing job performance.
Factors that influence emotional intelligence
There are several factors that play a major role in your EQ as you grow older.
Age can affect your EQ in two main ways – either by increasing it or decreasing it.
As you get older, most people seem to develop their social skills more quickly.
You’ll find that as you age, there is less focus on how well you know someone before talking to them, and instead, people have an easier time focusing on how they feel about things.
This is because when you are younger, you’re more likely to put yourself in other person’s shoes and consider what could be going through their mind. As you grow older, however, mental health issues may make this process slightly harder.
Genetics also play a big part in individual EQ levels. Some parents pass down their own level of empathy to their children, but others don’t!
Studies show that early experiences shape your personality, which means some kids might be raised with higher EQ than others. This could contribute to your overall EQ level.
Skills to have for emotional intelligence
Being able to recognize, understand and manage your own emotions is an important skill to possess. You will probably need this skill as you move through life.
It’s a cliché but true – people who are happy with their lives seem to enjoy what they are doing at the time. They may laugh frequently, but not always because something funny has happened.
They could be laughing in silence because it makes them feel good.
And they may cry occasionally, but never for long — unless they have no other option.
When they do, however, they tend to wash their face, take a few minutes to calm down and then get back into the task at hand.
Rating your emotional intelligence
Now that you have determined how you feel about your overall EI, it is time to rate yourself in each of the domains!
Simply put, this means assessing whether you perceive you are more skilled in certain areas or not. For example, if you think you are good at reading other people’s emotions, then you should give yourself one point for this. Or, if you believe you have strong self-control, then you deserve a point for that.
You can add up these points to get an average score and compare it with the national average. This way, you will know where your personal strengths and weaknesses lie compared to others.
Your scores may also help you identify which domain you need the most work on. For instance, if you find that you lack understanding of relationships, then you might want to focus more on that domain.
Recent research suggests that there are six key components of emotional intelligence (EI). These include understanding emotions, using emotions for motivation, identifying your own emotions, controlling your emotion, expressing emotions, and resolving conflicts with changes in mood or tone.
Many experts believe that overall EI is linked to better job performance, higher employee satisfaction, lower levels of stress and burn-out, and healthier relationships.
However, some argue that while having high self-control may be related to higher employment benefits, it is not an essential element of emotional competence.
Furthermore, they say that focusing only on control can limit someone’s ability to experience other important facets of emotional skills such as empathy, tolerance, and acceptance.
Social Emotional Learning
Recent developments in psychology emphasize the importance of social-emotional learning (SEL). This is described as the knowledge and skills that help you relate well to others, manage your emotions, set appropriate goals, and deal with stress and conflict.
Research has linked SEL to a wide range of positive outcomes including lower rates of teen drinking, higher graduation rates, reduced anxiety and depression, healthier relationships, and improved academic performance.
Given how important these benefits are, most organizations now require some form of SEL for their employees. Some even offer courses or training to learn more about it.
By educating yourself on this topic, you can contribute back to the community by teaching emotional literacy to the next generation. You will also find it helpful in navigating workplace conflicts, improving teamwork, and enhancing communication.
There are several good resources online and through educational institutions to begin practicing SEL. The following eight strategies are easy to implement and can make a big difference.
What is it?
Rating emotional intelligence (EI) refers to how well you perceive, control, and use your emotions. It also includes what we call “intra-self” or internalized self-esteem, which are feelings you have about yourself.
Many believe that people with higher EI are better able to regulate their emotions than those who do not. This perception of high EI has led to many theories about why someone might feel angry for no reason, or may overreact in situations.
Some researchers factor into this definition of EI the tendency to show emotion directly through facial expression, voice tone, body language, and verbalization. Others focus only on the ability to identify and name an emotion before assessing whether it is controlled or not.
With regards to intra-self confidence, some define it as when individuals evaluate themselves positively and give themselves good marks for past performance. Others emphasize the importance of feeling good about oneself and having beliefs that match up with ones’s values.
Regardless, there is strong consensus among research studies that people who score highly on measures of EI are happier and live longer than those who are less skilled at regulating their emotions.
Who should do it?
Recent research suggests that everyone has some degree of emotional intelligence (EI). While there are many theories about what makes up EI, most agree that having high self-awareness is an important part.
Self-awareness is your knowledge of yourself – how you feel about yourself, and whether those feelings are positive or negative. It also includes knowing what emotions other people make you feel and being able to recognize these emotions.
Some theorists believe that empathy is another key component of EI. This could be defined as understanding and feeling what others go through in different situations.
However, this theory differs slightly from the standard definition which says empathy is putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. The extended version adds the need to understand why they have made such a choice and if their decision is logical.