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Why do your assessments measure emotional intelligence?

Why do you say some of your assessments measure emotional intelligence even though they do not have the words emotion or emotional intelligence in their names?  Examples include the Personal Excellence Map® (PEM®), Skills for Career And Life Effectiveness® (SCALE®), and others on your website.

Answer:  Our orientation about how people’s emotions manifest effective, healthy behaviors can be traced back to Gary Low’s doctoral dissertation (1969).  Essentially, Dr. Low learned through his research that the only assessment ever designed to measure Self-Actualization (Shostrom POI), did not do a very good job of measuring what he and his colleague, Darwin Nelson, conceptualized as healthy being in the world.  The first factor study of Nelson & Low’s Personal Skills Map (Steven Link, 1985) showed that healthy ways of being, according to the PSM®, contained intrapersonal skills, interpersonal skills, and life management skills.  We see the three factors of transformative EI as the skills-based equivalent of the EI factors introduced initially by Mayer and Salovey (1990), and discussed later by Goleman (1995) and others.

How do you justify your assessments as measures of emotional intelligence?

How do you justify your assessments as measures of EI since many pre-date Mayer and Salovey’s (1990) research?

Answer:  All our assessments measure emotional intelligence based on our applied theory of what constitutes the construct.  According to our skills-based approach, EI is the behavioral by-product of applying specific emotional skills reflected in four key areas of life: (1) accurate knowledge and value of self, (2) a variety of healthy relationships, (3) working well with others, and (4) coping healthily with the demands and pressures of everyday work and life.  All our assessment items are behaviorally anchored and reflect emotional processes. Whereas the MSCEIT® is a test of peoples’ intelligence about their emotions (Epstein, 2010), our measures are assessments of the intelligence of peoples’ emotions that manifest effective, healthy behaviors in life.  Our approach is educational and transformative because of our orientation about what EI is.

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