ERIC Number: ED408535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Aug
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Emotional Intelligence: Components and Correlates.
There is no accepted definition and no adequate measure for the concept of Emotional Intelligence (EI). Some of the myriad issues surrounding EI are discussed here. One problem in the consideration of EI is the confusion between the terms "feelings" and "emotions." Differences between the two are examined and a working definition of feelings is offered. To further refine the concept of EI, the Style in the Perception of Affect Scale was developed to measure skills in the integrated, rapid, and effortless awareness of changes in body feelings that constitute the prompts for emotions. Accurate and rapid awareness of the feelings, it is suggested, allows for accurate and rapid emotional and behavioral responses. Without this skill, responses tend to be delayed and inappropriate. Analysis shows that this style of perceiving feelings correlates highly with mental health, contentment, creativity, and personal warmth. It is theorized that this style, by utilizing the subject's feeling awareness of the subtleties in the communications and responses of other persons, is the foundation also for empathy and social intelligence, which are qualities often grouped with EI. It is further suggested that this skill in rapid attention to changing bodily feelings may promote self-healing. (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (104th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 9-13, 1996).