Characteristics of the emotionally intelligent person include: able to recognize and express emotions, possess positive self regard, interdependent without becoming dependent, optimistic, realistic, flexible, fairly successful in solving problems/coping with stress without losing control. (Childre, Doc and Howard Martin. The HeartMath Solution. p 12-13. CA: Harper SF, 1999.)

Emotional intelligence as consists of three psychological dimensions: emotional sensitivity, emotional maturity, and emotional competency. These dimensions motivate individuals to maximize productivity, manage change, and resolve conflicts. Emotional competency is characterized by high levels of self-esteem. (Singh, Dalip, PhD. Emotional Intelligence at Work. NY: Sage, 2000, Summary)

Refer to Emotional Intelligence and the Brain for additional information.