Emotional Intelligence in Everyday Life

Emotional Intelligence in Everyday Life

Emotional Intelligence in Everyday Life

Emotional Intelligence in Everyday Life


Since the release of the very successful first edition in 2001, the field of emotional intelligence has grown in sophistication and importance. Many new and talented researchers have come into the field and techniques in EI measurement have dramatically increased so that we now know much more about the distinctiveness and utility of the different EI measures. There has also been a dramatic upswing in research that looks at how to teach EI in schools, organizations, and families.

In this second edition, leaders in the field present the most up-to-date research on the assessment and use of the emotional intelligence construct. Importantly, this edition expands on the previous by providing greater coverage of emotional intelligence interventions.

As with the first edition, this second edition is both scientifically rigorous, yet highly readable and accessible to a non-specialist audience. It will therefore be of value to researchers and practitioners in many disciplines beyond social psychology, including areas of basic research, cognition and emotion, organizational selection, organizational training, education, clinical psychology, and development psychology.


Few areas of psychology have generated so much popular interest as emotional intelligence (EI). Over the past decade, ei has been a topic of bestselling books, magazines, and newspaper articles. It has also been the topic of considerable scientific research. There are several explanations for the explosion of interest in ei. One explanation is that emotional intelligence somehow fits the zeitgeist—the intellectual spirit—of the times. a persistent theme of contemporary life is that we can solve technical problems far better than human problems. the promise of emotional intelligence is that it might help us solve at least one aspect of human problems, namely, conflicts between the heart and the head. a second, everyday explanation for the interest is that the ei concept implies (to some observers) that people without much academic ability might still be highly successful in life if they are high in ei. Another reason for its popularity may be that the concept provides critics of traditional intelligence tests with ammunition to attack those tests (after all, one might not need traditional intelligence to succeed). and finally, journalists and writers have written lively, popular accounts of ei and its potential role in everyday life. Such accounts have challenged the view that human nature involves a continuous conflict between the head and the heart. Moreover, they have led people to believe that ei may make us healthy, rich, successful, loved, and happy. Such bold and important claims need to be evaluated scientifically. This is what the first edition of the book sets out to do.

It has now been five years since the first edition was written, and the field has changed dramatically. Indeed, so much new and interesting work has been conducted that we felt it time to thoroughly revise the first edition. This second edition updates the connection between the reader and cutting edge research from leaders in the field.

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