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How to test your emotional intelligence, and use it to improve your life
There are a number of different tests, including those developed by experts and free tools you can access online.
Emotional intelligence (EQ) is a theory developed in the ‘90s by psychologists John Mayer and Peter Salovey. A higher EQ means that you can read people better, are more cognizant of your own emotions, and that you can use this to help fulfill your goals. Emotional intelligence according to its founders has five key components: self-awareness, self-regulation, internal motivation, empathy, and social skills.
Self-awareness is the ability to understand what drives our own moods and emotions. Self-regulation is the ability to control our emotions and impulses. Internal motivation is finding reasons to do noteworthy things, such as for the joy of learning, rather than for some kind of external reward. Empathy is recognizing and understanding the emotions of others, and social skills is self-explanatory.
In the business world, it’s sometimes called EI rather than EQ and is often comprised of four parts: self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, and relationship management. While Salovey and Mayer developed emotional intelligence within academia, the theory became widely popular, thanks to the works of science journalist Daniel Goleman, whose book Emotional Intelligence hit the bestseller list in 1995.
Author Daniel Goleman. Credit: Kris Krüg, Flickr.
IQ scores can explain about 25% of the differences in employee job performance. Emotional intelligence, which has been analyzed meticulously since the ’90s, accounts for a little over 3% of differences in job performance. For those in positions that require one’s personality to grease the wheels, such as working in hospitality, education, or sales, differences in emotional intelligence explains about 7% of variations in job performance.
That might not sound like a lot. But an added 7% in productivity due to a high EI, equates to an extra 3-4 weeks’ of completed work at the end of a work year. Added to other qualities an employee might have, such as grit, conscientiousness, or a high IQ, and EI becomes even more significant. Emotional intelligence might have particular importance for those in a leadership role. The old saying is that the fish rots from the head down, meaning poor leadership can eventually poison an entire enterprise. While having exceptional EI allows a manager, teacher, or coach the insight to turn things around.
A high EI allows one to be able to read a room and give subordinates what is needed in order to become successful. It’s important to know for instance, when the group isn’t grasping a key concept, when they’re dog tired, or when morale has been broken. Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr noticed his team had lost their mojo recently. He wanted to find a way to help them get it back. To boost morale, the two-time NBA championship winning coach, came up with a novel approach. He decided to put players in charge of coaching a recent game against the Phoenix Suns. The result? The Warrior creamed the Suns by over 40 points.
Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr recently took an unorthodox approach to reinvigorate his team's passion for the game, and it paid off. Credit: Getty Images.
Though not a common practice, this show of trust and respect paid off handsomely. Kerr used his emotional intelligence to realize what was lacking and found a novel way to empower his team. As a result, he completely renewed engagement and buy-in.
Emotional intelligence can also help in dealing with those outside of an organization, such as when you find yourself in the midst of tough negotiations. A recent example is how Uber’s new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi buried the hatchet with executives at Google-owned Waymo, which works with self-driving car technology. Waymo claimed that former Uber executives stole proprietary tech from them, which Uber denies.
After some embarrassing testimony came out during a trial, Khosrowshahi and Uber’s general counsel Tony West began negotiations with Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. The result? Rather than driving toward further toxic revelations, Waymo was given 0.34% in Uber stock and Khosrowshahi, while not admitting guilt, did say that the company could have done things differently in the past. As a result, Waymo dropped the suit.
So how can you measure your emotional intelligence? There are several tests available. One of the most trustworthy is the Multifactor Emotional Intelligence Scale (MEIS), which is based on the original theory developed by Drs. Mayer and Salovey. Another is the Emotional and Social Competence Inventory, or ESCI, developed by Daniel Goleman, Professor Richard Boyatzis at Case Western Reserve University, and researchers at the McClelland Institute at the HayGroup in Boston. One problem, of course, is these options aren’t free.
For some pretty solid free options try:
1) Berkeley’s Emotional Intelligence Quiz
2) Psychology Today’s Emotional Intelligence Test
3) Mind Tools’ Emotional Intelligence Quiz
4) The Institute for Health and Human Potential’s (IHHP) EQ Quiz
5) TalentSmart’s Emotional Intelligence Appraisal
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Photo: Feichen Yang.<p>That's the word from a team in the Department of Chemistry and Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science at Duke University. Their <a href="https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/adfm.202003451" target="_blank">new paper</a>, published in the journal,<em> Advanced Functional Materials</em>, details this exciting evolution of this frustrating joint.<br></p><p>Researchers have sought materials strong and versatile enough to repair a knee since at least the seventies. This new hydrogel, comprised of three polymers, might be it. When two of the polymers are stretched, a third keeps the entire structure intact. When pulled 100,000 times, the cartilage held up as well as materials used in bone implants. The team also rubbed the hydrogel against natural cartilage a million times and found it to be as wear-resistant as the real thing. </p><p>The hydrogel has the appearance of Jell-O and is comprised of 60 percent water. Co-author, Feichen Yang, <a href="https://today.duke.edu/2020/06/lab-first-cartilage-mimicking-gel-strong-enough-knees" target="_blank">says</a> this network of polymers is particularly durable: "Only this combination of all three components is both flexible and stiff and therefore strong." </p><p> As with any new material, a lot of testing must be conducted. They don't foresee this hydrogel being implanted into human bodies for at least three years. The next step is to test it out in sheep. </p><p>Still, this is an exciting step forward in the rehabilitation of one of our trickiest joints. Given the potential reward, the wait is worth it. </p><p><span></span>--</p><p><em>Stay in touch with Derek on <a href="http://www.twitter.com/derekberes" target="_blank">Twitter</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DerekBeresdotcom" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://derekberes.substack.com/" target="_blank">Substack</a>. His next book is</em> "<em>Hero's Dose: The Case For Psychedelics in Ritual and Therapy."</em></p>
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