Emotional Intelligence

Peter Salovey, father of Emotional Intelligence (EI), was Dean of Yale while Liz was there taking classes and writing her senior thesis on the topic.

In a nutshell, Salovey and John Mayer’s theory of EI:

  • Perceiving emotions focuses on our awareness of emotional expressions in both body language and tone in ourselves and in others. It also includes our ability to label these expressions accurately.
  • Using emotions centers on knowing how to elicit emotions within ourselves and others that allow for optimal performance of any given task.
  • Understanding emotions requires our ability to accurately perceive and label emotions in combination as well as our ability to understand how emotions build and transition.
  • Managing emotions allows for a constructive flow of emotions within ourselves, between us and our loved ones, and between us and our coworkers.
  • Sensitivity to Cultural Differences allows us to express and communicate emotions in ways that fit into the culture we’re experiencing and participating in at any given moment. (**new branch, still being developed)

Salovey’s lecture “Emotional Intelligence: Is There Anything to It?” goes further in depth.