Originated by Dr. Sue Barker
Emotional Intelligence is the capability to recognise your own emotions and those of others, discern between different feelings and label them appropriately, use emotional information to guide thinking and behaviour and manage and/or adjust emotions to adapt to environments or achieve your goal(s). Studies have shown that people with high EI have greater mental health, job performance, and leadership skills although no causal relationships have been shown and such findings may be attributable to general intelligence and specific personality traits rather than emotional intelligence as a construct. Markers of EI and methods of developing it have become more widely developed in the past decade. In addition, studies have begun to provide evidence to help characterise the neural mechanisms of emotional intelligence. This module looks at how developing emotional intelligence can be helpful in helping young people to adapt to changing environments and assist in reaching their goals.