EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE DEFINED Emotional Intelligence (EI) was first used in an English doctoral dissertation in 1983 (Payne, 1983/1986). The term was actually derived prior though in 1966 by B Leuner in a German article titled “Emotional Intelligence and Emancipation” (translated) to describe women who, because of perceived low Emotional Intelligence, rejected their social roles (Leuner, 1966). Salovey and Mayer (1990) further developed the concept. Emotional Intelligence is the capacity to perceive emotions, assimilate emotion-related feelings, understand the information of those emotions, and manage them (Mayer et al., 1999). The ability to recognize the meanings of emotions and relationships, in addition to reasoning and problem solving on the basis of these emotions is at the core of EI (Mayer et al., 1999).
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