Performance Based Measures and Practical Validity

Part of the The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)

Much has been assumed about the advantages of being high in Emotional Intelligence (EI), but how does Emotional Intelligence manifest itself in the real world? Does it comprise good character and maturity (Goleman, 1995, 1998), superior intrapersonal and interpersonal skills (Gardner, 1999), or wisdom and the ability to manage others (Thorndike, 1920)? The term EI has been used to encompass a wide variety of constructs; for example, Constructive Thinking has been proposed as the foundation of EI (Epstein, 1998). And if it were possible to settle on a concrete definition of the real-world behavioural manifestations of EI, what vocations and roles would high EI be valuable for? This chapter attempts to shed some light on these important issues for the EI research community.


Emotional Intelligence Emotional Competency Social Intelligence Facial Emotion Recognition Incremental Variance 
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  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia

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