In this article, researchers have reviewed 29 measures of emotional intelligence (EI), examining their psychometric properties and recommending the best measures for each broad EI construct. The researchers identified five broad constructs of EI: emotion perception, emotion management, emotion regulation, social skills, and empathy. They found that most measures of EI have reasonable psychometric properties, but recommended that researchers and practitioners should carefully consider the specific facets of EI they want to measure and control for, rather than relying on overall EI scores. The authors also identified the most reliable and valid measures for each broad EI construct, based on multiple criteria including evidence of construct validity, practicality, and strength of the underlying theory.
Here are some key points:
Emotional intelligence (EI) is a popular construct in psychology that refers to the ability to perceive, understand, and manage emotions in oneself and others.
There are multiple broad constructs of EI, including emotion perception, emotion management, emotion regulation, social skills, and empathy.
There are 29 measures of EI that have been developed and validated, with varying degrees of psychometric properties.
Overall EI scores may not be as useful as measuring specific facets of EI, depending on the research or practical goals.
Researchers and practitioners should carefully consider the specific facets of EI they want to measure and control for, rather than relying on overall EI scores.
The best measures for each broad EI construct were selected based on multiple criteria including evidence of construct validity, practicality, and strength of the underlying theory.
The most reliable and valid measures for each broad EI construct include the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test, the Emotional Quotient Inventory, and the Situational Test of Emotion Management.
The Emotional and Social Competence Inventory (ESCI) by Boyatzis and Goleman is a measure that was developed primarily to predict and enhance performance at work, but was not consistently chosen as the "best" measure due to less extensive published research compared to other tests.
There are limitations to current measures of EI, including potential cultural and gender biases, and reliance on self-report measures.
Further research is needed to continue to refine and develop measures of EI, including examining the relationships between different facets of EI and their potential practical applications.
How does this fit in the Hierarchy of Agency?
Believe in YOU, Believe in US, and act with BELIEF! Having hope to better serve tomorrow and yourself begins with understanding who you are physically as well as emotionally! Having greater emotional intelligence allows you to have a firmer grip on reality and push forward during those hard times. Keep on digging and keep on believing in yourself!
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