The Ability Model of EI
Objectively Measure EI
David is a co-author of the Mayer, Salovey, Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT), The Emotionally Intelligent Manager (with Peter Salovey), A Leader’s Guide to Solving Challenges With Emotional Intelligence (with Lisa Rees), Educator's Practical Guide to Emotional Intelligence (with Lisa and David Adams) and co-author of the Ruler program Anchors of Emotional Intelligence for grades K – 8 (with Marc Brackett and Robin Stern). He developed the Mood Meter and EI Blueprint, core aspects of EI training around the world.
David is the senior advisor to the Dean of Yale College and a research affiliate at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
Although he has never had an academic faculty position, David has published a number of scientific articles on emotional intelligence.
Previously, David held positions in market research, strategic planning, and product management. He was a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development pre-doctoral fellow and received a Ph.D. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University. He was then awarded a National Institute of Mental Health fellowship and spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow in Developmental Psychology at Yale University.
What I am not and various disclosures: I hope to inject transparency into what I do and into my roles and titles. While I have taught classes, given lectures at various universities, including Yale, I do not teach and I am not a professor. I do conduct research and have about a bunch of publications. My part-time Yale role is in OD/HR. My work for EI Skills Group is independent and my workshops are not Yale courses. Please note that I receive royalties on the MSCEIT, on my books and and on Mood Meter posters. Thank you!
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One of the most important questions you can ask.
The theory of EI was developed by Jack Mayer and Peter Salovey in 1990. They modified their theory and few times and in 1997 noted "Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions so as to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge, and to reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote emotional and intellectual growth". EI is a set of hard skills, it predicts important life outcomes - although it is not the most important skill or attribute. The ability model is a great theory with incredible practical, everyday applications.
The framework of emotional intelligence is simple and contains 4 abilities—the ability to Perceive, Use, Understand and Manage emotions. Each ability has its own characteristics and all work together to form emotional intelligence. We use the more memorable labels of Map (Perceive), Match (Use), Meaning (Understand) and Move (Manage), for better retention.
You may wonder where things like optimism, happiness or assertiveness are in this model. Our approach to emotional intelligence—sometimes called the ability model of EI—consists of a set of hard skills or abilities. In this approach, EI is an intelligence, related to other intelligences. There is nothing wrong or unimportant about optimism, but it is a traditional personality trait and is not a skill nor is it part of emotional intelligence, at least in our view.