Emotional intelligence (EI) is one of the most widely discussed topics in current psychology. Although first mentioned in the professional literature nearly two decades ago, in the past five years it has received extensive media attention. The term "emotional intelligence" refers to the ability to identify, express, and understand emotions; to assimilate emotions into thought; and to regulate both positive and negative emotions in oneself and others. Yet despite the flourishing research programs and broad popular interest, scientific evidence for a clearly identified construct of EI is sparse. It remains to be seen whether there is anything to EI that researchers in the fields of personality, intelligence, and applied psychology do not already know.
This book offers a comprehensive critical review of EI. It examines current thinking on the nature, components, determinants, and consequences of EI, and evaluates the state of the art in EI theory, research, assessment, and applications. It highlights the extent to which empirical evidence supports EI as a valid construct and debunks some of the more extravagant claims that appear in the popular media. Finally, it examines the potential use of EI to guide practical interventions in various clinical, occupational, and educational settings.
About the Authors
Gerald Matthews is Professor of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati.
Moshe Zeidner is Professor of Educational Psychology and Human Development at the University of Haifa.
Richard D. Roberts is Principal Research Scientist at the Center for New Constructs, Educational Testing Service.
"An excellent sourcebook that provides a wonderful introduction to emotional intelligence."—Meredith Hanson, D.S.W. Psychiatric Services
"This is the most comprehensive scientific analysis of emotional intelligence yet produced. No one wishing to study the issue seriously can afford to neglect it. I highly recommend it to all those wishing to understand the nature of emotional intelligence."—Aaron Ben Ze’ev, Professor of Philosophy, University of Haifa, and author of The Subtlety of Emotions
"Emotional Intelligence is an admirably clear and useful book, especially for those approaching the subject for the first time. Anyone trying to make sense of this area, which has grown almost too rapidly, will find the book an invaluable aid in enabling clear thinking about the concept and its implications. Mathews, Zeidner, and Roberts have done a fine and scholarly job. They write with clarity and allow readers to judge how much of this new concept is substance and how much is hype."—Keith Oatley, University of Toronto
Received Honorable Mention in the category of Psychology in the 2002 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Awards Competition presented by the Association of American Publishers, Inc.