Episode 151: Emotional Intelligence

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‘Emotional intelligence’ concerns aspects such as knowing one’s emotions, managing emotions, motivating oneself, recognizing emotions in others, and handling relationships (Goleman, 1995). The phrase was first used in psychological literature in 1966, but it wasn’t until a 1990 paper by psychologists Peter Salovey and John Mayer that a formal framework was provided for the concept. The term was later popularized by Daniel Goleman’s 1995 best-seller Emotional Intelligence, a book that has been recognized for its transformational change on the areas of business, leadership, and Education.

This podcast covers the following topics:

  • The development of the concept ‘emotional intelligence’
  • Howard Gardner’s ‘Multiple Intelligence theory’
  • Gender differences in regard to emotional intelligence
  • Emotional intelligence vs ‘traditional’ intelligence (IQ)
  • ‘The dark side’ of emotional intelligence


Grant, A. (2014). The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence. The Atlantic. January 2 2014.

Goleman, D. (2013). Emotional intelligence is a better predictor of success than IQ. Quartz.com. May 22 2013.

Insley, J. (2012). Emotional intelligence: thinking and feeling on the job. The Guardian. February 10 2012.

Goleman, D. (2011). They’ve taken emotional intelligence too far. TIME. November 01 2011. 

Goleman, D. (2009). Emotional intelligence: 10th Anniversary edition. Random House LLC: New York, NY.

Salovey, P. and Mayer, J. D. (1990). Emotional intelligence. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality9, 185-211.

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