Multi-dimensional Emotional Intelligence Quotient

Summary

This emotional intelligence test consists of two parts; a self-report portion and an ability portion. The test assesses your capacity to: recognize your own emotions and those of others; understand how best to motivate yourself; become close to others; and manage your own feelings and those of others.

Overall Results

EQ score = 120
Percentile score = 91

Percentile score 91%

My score on this assessment was very good. Overall, I am quite capable of understanding and dealing with emotions. You can review the rest of my results to learn about specific areas of my emotional intelligence.

Introduction

In the late 1990’s, emotional intelligence (EIQ) was one of the hottest buzz-phrases in contemporary psychology. In the business world, it became a hot topic, largely due to one author’s claim that a high EIQ was one of the best predictors of success in the workplace. In his 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence, Why it Can Matter More than IQ, author Daniel Goleman used an early definition by researcher Peter Salovey which stated that the construct of EIQ includes knowing one’s emotions, emotional self-control, motivation and persistence, recognizing emotions of others, and successfully handling relationships. Goleman made some very strong statements in his book, including the suggestion that EIQ is one of the main keys to success in life. He implied that emotional intelligence is at the root of many of life’s puzzles. Why are some smart people unsuccessful? Why do certain individuals strike out at others in a violent manner? Why so some excel at managing others while others struggle? He hinted that EIQ was an answer to all these, and many others, of life’s questions.

 Since the birth of the concept in a 1985 thesis by Wayne Leon Payne, researchers have been working to discover what factors play a part in emotional intelligence. Many conceptions of emotional intelligence are divided into two main parts; aspects related to understanding and dealing with one’s own emotions, and those related to understanding the emotions of others and handling social interactions. For many prominent EIQ researchers, including most notably Goleman and Reuven Bar-on, the construct also includes broader traits such as motivation, interpersonal and other personal attributes (this is often called a mixed model). For others, including Peter Salovey and John Meyer and their colleagues, the latest models of EIQ are strictly related to the test-taker’s abilities in this area (often called an ability model). Like the classical notion of intelligence, they feel that emotional intelligence is a cognitive ability that can be accurately and concretely defined and measured.

Three main options exist in terms of how to assess EIQ:Assess the related skills as you would traditional intelligence, with questions where the goal is to select the best answer. This method works best with the ability model of emotional intelligence. Evaluate these skills through self-report, where the test-takers answer according to what they most likely would do in a variety of situations. This works best with the mixed model of emotional intelligence. Create an assessment that combines these two techniques, and therefore utilizes both the ability model and the mixed model of EIQ, while helping to overcome potential problems of both.

It appears that the mixed models and the ability methods of evaluating EIQ do not assess exactly the same thing. In fact, Mayer and Salovey themselves found that their assessment shares only 10% of the variance with Bar-on’s self-report measure of emotional intelligence (Mayer, Caruso, Salovey, 2000). This means that while they may be somewhat related, there is not enough overlap to justify using only one or the other. Since self-report and ability measures can be seen as distinct elements, our assessment will include both forms but report scores for both separately. Both types of measures have been shown to have predictive value in different areas in a large number of studies, so using both can create a measure that is effective in measuring success in a variety of areas.

Our definition of emotional intelligence is Mayer et al.’s (1999) definition:

Emotional intelligence refers to an ability to recognize the meanings of emotions and their relationships, and to reason and problem-solve on the basis of them. Emotional intelligence is involved in the capacity to perceive emotions, assimilate emotion-related feelings, understand the information of those emotions, and manage them (p. 267). We chose to assess this construct using both self-report questions and ability questions.

Overall Results

EQ score = 120
Percentile score = 91

Emotional Identification, Perception, and Expression

Overall Score 81%
Emotional Self-awareness 70%
Awareness of Strengths and Limitations 86%
Comfort with Emotions 52%
Recognition of Other’s Emotions 90%

Ability to characterize emotions in oneself and in others.

The core ability of identifying, perceiving and expressing emotions in myself and others is an area where I do quite well. This aspect of emotional intelligence helps me read others, understand how they feel, and effectively identify my own emotions. These skills form the basis of my ability to relate to the emotions of others as well as well as my ability to understand myself. You can review the results below for further information.

Overall, my results indicate that:

  • I am in tune with my emotions and am able to identify my true feelings on most occasions.
  • I have a solid understanding of my strengths and limitations. I know what I am good at and where I struggle, and plan my life accordingly.
  • I am not totally at ease when dealing with emotions, especially when they become too intense.
  • I excelled on the recognition of emotions aspect of the test.

Emotional Facilitation of Thought

Overall Score 77%
Rumination 18%
Problem-Solving 100%
Positive Mindset 70%
Emotional Reflection 40%
Values Integrity 92%

Ability/Willingness to use feelings constructively; to let them guide you.

I am someone who will, in most situations, use my emotions to lead you. I am aware of the guiding potential of my emotions, and how they can be used to direct my judgment, reasoning, and actions. Emotional Facilitation of Thought reflects the capacity to use emotions to figure out the aspects of a situation that don’t lend themselves too easily to logic (e.g. when making decisions in ambiguous situations). On the occasions when I use this internal guidance system in addition to cognitive processes, I am better able to view situations from different angles. You can read through the breakdown of results below for more information about this core ability.

Overall, my results indicate that:

  • I do not have a tendency to ruminate about my problems.
  • I approach challenges, setbacks and obstacles to what I want proactively, and in a manner that is conducive to effective resolution.
  • A positive mindset isn’t necessarily one of my core traits, but most of the time, I do try to see the silver lining in situations.
  • When evaluating an issue in my life, I rarely think about the emotional side of things.
  • I am someone who lives my life according to the values and principles that are important to me.

Emotional Understanding

Overall Score 85%
Emotional Integration 66%
Conflict Management Knowledge 85%
Empathy 94%
Social Insight 96%

Ability to understand and analyze emotions, and solve emotional problems.

Feelings affect thoughts and behavior. Therefore, in order to take appropriate action in emotionally-charged situations, I need to be able to assess and analyze the complex and mixed emotions that come into play. This is an area where I am doing quite well. I am fairly capable of assessing and analyzing emotions in order to take appropriate action, which makes it less likely that I will take social missteps.

Overall, my results indicate that:

  • I performed reasonably well on the emotional integration part of the test – there a few questions I struggled on. I likely understand the profoundness of emotions, and how they play a role and impact everyday tasks in life. However, my depth of understanding could probably improve further.
  • When it came to choosing the best approach someone should take to resolve a conflict, I performed quite well. I generally chose an appropriate resolution tactic to resolve issues effectively and appropriately.
  • My responses indicate that empathy is my strength – I am able to place myself in other people’s shoes.
  • I am a very insightful individual, and am capable of taking context into consideration when making judgments about other people’s emotions or behavior.

Emotional Management

Overall Score 81%
Impulse Control 42%
Self-Control 86%
Resilience/Hardiness 100%
Coping Skills 64%
Self-Motivation 90%
Striving 100%
Emotional Selectivity 100%
Adaptable Social Skills 60%
Conflict Resolution Behavior 85%

Ability to take responsibility for one’s own emotions.

Emotions are not always under our control – we feel what we feel. However, how we react to situations is under our control, which means that we need to take responsibility for our actions even in times when emotions are volatile. Emotional responsibility is something that I almost always put into practice. When I make it a point to manage my emotions, I are better able to deal with situations or people that tend to make me feel upset.

Overall, my results indicate that:

  • I tend to struggle when it comes to impulse control. I are less likely to consider the full consequences of my actions before doing something, which could hurt me or those around me.
  • I am typically very poised and in control of my emotions. I are usually able to self-monitor my thoughts and feelings, and regulate/adjust my behavior in response.
  • Challenges, setbacks, and hardships rarely, if ever, get me down. I possess a high degree of resilience.
  • I can cope with some stress, but I may struggle when life gets really hectic or if I experience major setbacks.
  • I am highly self-motivated. I am able to encourage and motivate myself to try hard and do my best.
  • I am fully open to learning new things. I am much less likely to be at risk for stagnation. As the world continues to progress, I will be “in the loop”.
  • I  have reached a great level of tolerance – I am able to let go of minor problems I face, and probably some of the major ones as well.
  • Although I am sometimes able to adjust my social behavior to fit the situation, this is not done with ease.
  • I do my best to resolve conflict in the most ideal way. Overall, your personal approach to managing conflict is good.

Ego Maturity

Overall Score 75%
Assertiveness 76%
Self-esteem 70%
Contentment 96%
Independence 96%
Flexibility 38%

Attaining emotional growth and maturity.

The Ego Maturity scale refers to a group of traits that encompass emotional maturity – a level in which a person is fully comfortable with whom he/she is and possesses a strong and healthy sense of self. While this may be shaped by life experiences, as emotional intelligence develops and expands, so too will our ego mature.

I am well on my way to ego maturity, although I still have a little room to grow. There are aspects of my personality that I can still develop and evolve. In essence, I still have some room to grow as a person. You may refer to the results below for more details.

Overall, your results indicate that:

  • I am capable of being assertive on most occasions, but I am not completely comfortable making my needs heard.
  • My self-esteem is reasonably high, but could still be higher. It can go through some ups and downs occasionally. Some situations and people will make you feel good; others will hit you where it hurts, so to speak, and bring me down.
  • I am very happy and content with my life. There is likely very little, if anything, that I feel I need to change.
  • I am an independent thinker and doer. I act in accordance with and based on my own feelings. I won’t let others dictate what I should do.
  • I am not a very flexible person. When things are not as I want them to be, I am unlikely to be accommodating very often.

Impression Management

Overall Score 30%

Assesses whether the test-taker had a tendency towards social-desirability in order to make himself/herself look good.

This scale assesses to what degree the results on this assessment are distorted or manipulated. Many people will try to present themselves in a better light, especially if the stakes are high.

Test-takers’ answers are compared to responses obtained from a large sample of the general population. When someone systematically selects socially desirable responses that are rarely endorsed by others, there is a good reason to believe that a positive self-presentation bias is at play. A score that is suspiciously high may indicate that a person was lying, which may invalidate the whole assessment.

There was little or no indication in my results to suggest that I was either lying or trying to present myself in a favorable light. Therefore, my results can likely be seen as accurately reflecting who I am.