Is emotional intelligence really intelligence?

Is emotional intelligence really intelligence?

Over the past few years, many scholars have delved deeper into the study of emotional bits of intelligence. Studies have found out that intelligence is the ability of any person to have abstract thinking, and the ability to adapt and learn in an environment (Mayer et al.). Researchers have further argued that emotional intelligence is just a set of skills that a person can acquire and use in an environment. Questions have, however, risen regarding the notion that if emotional intelligence is a set of skills, then why is it not referred to as emotional skills?

Further studies have found out that there exists a set of bits of intelligence and one of them is emotional intelligence. The researches argue that emotions are not just displayed verbally but by facial expressions, body language, and behaviors (Yamey). It has found that these emotions are universal and cuts across different cultures. For instance, when a person is happy, they are set to smile, and this is common to everyone across the globe. No one can frown when they are so glad since the latter disqualifies the former.

Mayer et al., asserts that emotional intelligence develops with age. This is in line with the criteria of intelligences (89). Emotional intelligence refers to the strength that one develops to achieve what they want in life regardless of the field that it falls under at any given time. Therefore, in order for one to develop this strength, they will need time. Hence, supporting the argument that emotional intelligence grows with time as much as other intelligences do. This is proof that it is actually intelligent and such studies have been further backed up by more findings from other researchers.


Work Cited

Mayer, John D. et al. “TARGET ARTICLES: “Emotional Intelligence: Theory, Findings, And Implications”. Psychological Inquiry, vol 15, no. 3, 2004, pp. 197-215. Informa UK Limited, doi:10.1207/s15327965pli1503_02.

Yamey, Gavin. “Emotions Revealed: Recognising Facial Expressions”. BMJ, vol 328, no. 7437, 2004, pp. s75-s76. BMJ, doi:10.1136/bmj.328.7437.s75.