WHAT IS EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE?

Following the release of the seminal work by Salovey and Mayer detailing the four branch model of EI in the 1990’s, our understanding of construct has grown rapidly. Learn more about EI and how it can support success in many domains across the lifetime.

Benefits of Emotional Intelligence

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Mental Health

Foster psychological wellbeing

EI can assist school staff to identify students who may be in need of additional support

EI abilities may help to protect against the incidence of common mental health issues

Stress management, effective coping and resilience

 

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Relationships

Contributes to fostering trust and quality relationships

Enhances communication

Proactive bullying intervention

 

 

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Occupational Outcomes

Teamwork

Transformational leadership

Related to reduced absenteeism

Sales effectiveness

 

 

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Academic Success

EI can support students to reach their full academic potential

Understanding EI strengths assists subject selection

Motivation / focus

Creativity and problem solving

Aristotle EI follows the seminal four branch model of emotional intelligence by Salovey and Mayer. Adhering to this model, over the last decade Swinburne has been developing:

–  Ways to measures emotional intelligence in children, adolescents, teachers and school staff

–  Programs to develop emotional intelligence in children, adolescents, teachers and school staff

Arising from unique partnerships with schools around the world, our work focuses on a whole school approach to Emotional Intelligence. This approach extends to all school children, parents, teachers and staff within our partner schools.

 

What is Emotional Intelligence?

Emotional Intelligence can be defined as a series of abilities relating to how we understand emotions, how we make decisions based on emotions and how we manage our emotions. Emotions are neither good nor bad but are important pieces of information that tell us about our current situation. Sometimes some emotions (particularly negative emotions) become maladaptive for us and many people have difficulties in understanding emotions.

Emotional Intelligence is not about becoming more emotional rather it is about the intelligent use of emotions. Emotionally intelligent children are self-aware, empathic, and are able to manage their negative emotions so that they experience happiness and well-being. Children do develop capacity and increase their ability to understand, effectively express and manage emotions as they get older, although there is great variability from child to child or adolescent to adolescent in these abilities.

At Aristotle EI we partner schools to measure and develop the following four dimensions of Emotional Intelligence in both primary school and secondary school children.

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These abilities which manifest in behaviours have been shown in our research with our partner schools to predict a wide range of important variables:

–  Scholastic performance
–  Bullying and Victimization
–  Coping mechanisms
–  Resilience
–  Wellbeing
–  Sporting performance
–  Leadership

Emotional Recognition and Expression

This branch of the model focuses on how well you perceive your own emotions and how effectively you express your feelings to friends, family members and teachers. This ability contributes to how effectively you can respond to your own emotions; communicate your feelings to others to get your message across. The more accurately you can express your feelings, the more effectively others can respond.

Understanding Other’s Emotions

This branch of the model focuses on the extent to which you perceive and understand the emotions of others. Specifically, it assesses; how well you ‘read’ the emotions that others express; your understanding of the contexts in which they arise; and your understanding of the appropriateness of others’ emotional responses and behaviours. This ability also includes an understanding of how emotions influence relationships and group dynamics.

Emotional Reasoning

Emotional Reasoning reflects the extent to which you consider how you feel about different options when making decisions and how different choices might affect both yourself and others emotionally. Emotions provide another source of information to consider when making decisions and have been shown to contribute to flexible planning, creative thinking and the adoption of social values in decision-making. Emotional Reasoning abilities can be context specific as certain roles or situations require very analytical and technical decision-making, whilst others require more intuitive and creative decision-making.

Emotional Management and Control

Emotional Management and Control reflects the extent to which you are able to repair negative moods and emotions as well as maintain beneficial positive moods and emotions, both within yourself and others. The ability to foster positive moods and emotions in oneself and others is an important underlying attribute of effective stress management and adaptability. This dimension also involves the ability to control strong emotions experienced, such as feelings of frustration, anger, sadness or hostility.

 

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