Wednesday, March 25, 2009

What is Emotional Intelligence Quotient (EQ)?

Emotional Quotient first came out as early as in A.D. 1960. This is a psychological term. In 1995, Daniel Goleman, the Father of EQ, has reformed the emotional theories of more than the past 30 years in his volume: ‘Emotional Intelligence – Why It Matters More than IQ”. He declared that each person had the inborn emotional quotient. He believes that this kind of intelligence can be shown in four situations, including:

  • Adaptation
  • Feeling
  • Organization
  • Learning process

This is a kind of establishing good interpersonal relationship ability. However this inborn interpersonal ability would bring into full play or regress based on environment influence. For example, the influence during childhood and teenagers as well as coming from parents, teachers and friends.

In 1990, Peter Salovey and Jack Major have called this kind of EI effect level as Emotional Quotient (EQ). Many parents have asked if there is a standard to measure EQ’s level; the answer is yes. Many psychologists have done research on EQ tests, but every time the result does not seem to be the same. This is because everyone’s emotion will be adjusted in accordance to different environment. For example, in an extremely hot afternoon, your car’s air conditioner breaks down. In addition, there is a big traffic jam on the road; and suddenly you receive a call from your son, saying that he forgot the home keys so that he is not able to get in the house. What would your mood be? In this situation, if the traffic jam improves a lot all in a sudden, what would your mood be?

In summary, EQ is only a simple term to express the emotional level and its stability, especially in patience, calmness as well as get on along well with others.


  1. Have u any experience with NLP ?
    What's your view on its usefulness?

  2. NLP, Neuro Lingustic Programming, is another way to know others and yours well. But, remember, it is in a rational way. That means with some calculation in advance. In EQ, we know that information always get prepare to come out before our rational thinking. Therefore, NLP works if we can manage our emotion well.

    EQ cannot solve the problem in 100%. It can only help to see clearly what the questions are. SQ (Sociability Quotient) which is also invented by Danil Goleman, is the way to solve problems. I will take some time to write more about this later on.

    Thank you for your question.

  3. Thanks for your reply, Billy.
    BTW, this is Samuel who have met you(dont know if you still remember me though hehe...) at the CINQ new year gathering. Goo por gave me the link to this site recently, and so i listened the the "EQ school" archive and found it's interesting, so just curious to see if you know anything about NLP, coz i have been reading about NLP lately and found some of its ideas quite fascinating....thx!!

  4. [Angela]: wah, I should have read this post sooner! I've been making guesses about the definition of EQ...luckily, I wasn't too far off. But this is definitely clearer. Thanks!