Emotional Intelligence

Science and Myth

Emotional intelligence (EI) is one of the most widely discussed topics in current psychology. Although first mentioned in the professional literature nearly two decades ago, in the past five years it has received extensive media attention. The term "emotional intelligence" refers to the ability to identify, express, and understand emotions; to assimilate emotions into thought; and to regulate both positive and negative emotions in oneself and others. Yet despite the flourishing research programs and broad popular interest, scientific evidence for a clearly identified construct of EI is sparse. It remains to be seen whether there is anything to EI that researchers in the fields of personality, intelligence, and applied psychology do not already know.

This book offers a comprehensive critical review of EI. It examines current thinking on the nature, components, determinants, and consequences of EI, and evaluates the state of the art in EI theory, research, assessment, and applications. It highlights the extent to which empirical evidence supports EI as a valid construct and debunks some of the more extravagant claims that appear in the popular media. Finally, it examines the potential use of EI to guide practical interventions in various clinical, occupational, and educational settings.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword

    Robert J. Sternberg

  2. Preface
  3. I. Conceptualizations and Measurement
  4. 1. Introduction
  5. 2. Toward a Science of Emotional Intelligence
  6. 3. Understanding the Intelligence Component of Emotional Intelligence
  7. 4. Emotions: Concepts and Research
  8. 5. Psychological Assessment and the Concept of Emotional Intelligence
  9. II. Individual Differences in Emotion and Adaptation
  10. 6. The Biological Science of Emotional Intelligence
  11. 7. Cognitive Models of Emotion and Self-Regulation
  12. 8. Emotional Intelligence, Coping and Adaptation
  13. 9. Personality, Emotion, and Adaptation
  14. III. Applications
  15. 10. The Clinical Psychology of Emotional Maladjustment
  16. 11. Development and Schooling of Emotional Intelligence
  17. 12. Emotional Intelligence, Work, and the Occupational Environment
  18. IV. Conclusion
  19. 13. The Science, the Myth, and the Future of Emotional Intelligence
  20. Appendix A: A Review and Critique of Social Intelligence
  21. Appendix B: A Review of Sundry Other Self-Report Measures of Emotional Intelligence
  22. Appendix C: A Review and Critique of Social Intelligence
  23. Notes
  24. References
  25. Index