EQ in Action
A Unique, Powerful Emotional Intelligence Instrument, this tool makes a contribution to the field in several unique and important ways.
It’s All About Relationship
Emotional Intelligence does not exist apart from relationships. We are created, developed, and sustained in relationship throughout our lives. Our brain and our emotional competencies develop in relationship. As adults, our emotional intelligence is dynamic. Most of us run the gamut of being emotionally smart to dumb depending upon the situation and the stress we are under.
This tool provides individuals with a profile of their basic internalized relational map that has been developed through life experience from infancy to this moment. The report profiles an individual’s relationship strategies in different difficult contexts.
Totally Behavioral Based
Rather than self report about what a person thinks they would do, this tool places individuals in a real situation as they watch several video segments where someone is talking directly to them. They are asked to track their own experience as they watch the video and attend to what the individual talking to them must be experiencing. Individuals are then given about fifty words and statements for each video segment and are asked to rate the degree the word or statement fits their actual experience now.
An EQ profile report is created based upon their reported experience. The tool provides a “snapshot view” of how an individual uses his or her emotional competence in various stressful situations.
It’s About Learning, not a report card
The goal is to offer a mirror of how individuals interpret their experience and respond to different situations, to identify strengths and weaknesses on key dimensions of EQ, and then to select “daily practices” to build fitness in areas of their choice. An EQ Fitness Tool-Kit provides optional daily practices for each dimension. These are practices that can be done anywhere at anytime and can be incorporated into a fitness program, just like physical training.
EQ Competencies Measured
This tool is based upon a developmental model (Sarni, Emotional Intelligence Handbook) and measures the three capacities of emotional intelligence, or what others call the “essential components” (Taylor & Bagby). These capacities include:
- Self-Soothing or Self-Regulation
These capacities provide the foundation for development of the larger array of competencies and skills. When these capacities are well developed the competencies follow with ease.
Several key dimensions of these core capacities are measured. Self-soothing is measured in terms of what we do in relationships; what we tend to do that builds relationships and contributes to positive outcomes and what do we do that is detrimental to relationships and successful outcomes. The eight short vignettes present different difficult dilemmas that give individuals a composite view of their relationship strategies. They are also provided with a profile of how their strategies vary by context and by different issues.