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Defining and Describing Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Competence

What are your definitions of emotional intelligence and emotional competence? Select a common attribute/component of both and describe how development affects that attribute/component of emotional development.

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Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Competence

(1) What are your definitions of emotional intelligence and emotional competence?

(a) Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is the "ability to perceive and express emotions, assimilate emotion in thoughts, understand and reason with emotion, and regulate emotion in the self and others" (Mayer, Salovey, & Caruso, 2000 as cited in Cherniss, 2010, p. 486). According to Cherniss, research has examined emotional intelligence in a variety of contexts including: (a) education, (b) social adjustment, (c) health, (d) personal relationships, and (e) work. Cherniss asserts that emotional intelligence is based upon three premises: (1) it plays an important role in life; (2) people vary in their ability to perceive, understand, use and manage emotions, and (3) individuals vary in their adaptation to a variety of contexts (p. 111).

(b) Emotional Competence

Emotional competence refers to the" capacity to identify, understand, express, manage, and use one's own feelings and those of others" (Mayer & Salvoey, 1997 as cited in Kotsou, Nelis, Grégoire & ...

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The answer draws on established research to define and compare emotional intelligence and competence. 632 words with cited references.

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