Emotional Intelligence (EQ) has been described as abilities in five domains:

  1. Knowing one’s emotions
  2. Managing emotions
  3. Motivating oneself
  4. Recognizing emotions in others
  5. Handling relationships

(Goleman, Daniel, PhD. Emotional Intelligence. NY: Bantam Books, 1995, pp 42-43)

Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions so as to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional meanings, and to reflectively regulate emotions so as to promote both better emotion and thought. (Mayer, J. D., and p. Salovey. What is emotional intelligence? In p. Salovey & D. Sluyter (Eds), Emotional Development and Emotional Intelligence: Implications for Educators p 3-31. NY:Basic Books, 2007.)

EQ involves the ability to know what feels good, what feels bad, and how to get from bad to good in a healthy, efficient, and functional manner that results in positive outcomes. (Working Definition, 2008. Arlene R. Taylor PhD)

Bar-On defines emotional intelligence as being concerned with effectively understanding oneself and others, relating well to people, and adapting to and coping with the immediate surroundings to be more successful in dealing with environmental demands. (Bar-On, Reuven. The Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i): a test of emotional intelligence. Toronto: Multi-Health Systems, 1997.)

EQ is the ability to sense, understand, and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions as a source of human energy, information, connection, and influence. (Cooper, Robert K., PhD., and Ayman Sawaf. Executive EQ. NY: Grosset/Putnam 1997, pp xii-xiii)

Emotional Intelligences involves the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships. (Goleman, Daniel, PhD. Working with Emotional Intelligence. NY: Bantam Books, 1998, p 317)

Emotional Intelligence is a way of recognizing, understanding, and choosing how we think, feel, and act. It shapes our interactions with others and our understanding of ourselves. (Jensen, Anabel L., PhD, et al. Handle With Care: Emotional Intelligence Activity Book. NY:Six Seconds, 1998, Summary)

Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions. Some researchers suggest that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened, while others claim it is an inborn characteristic. (Cherry, Kendra. What Is Emotional Intelligence?)