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Emotional Intelligence

  1. Cary Cherniss

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0304

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Cherniss, C. 2010. Emotional Intelligence. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Rutgers University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Interest in emotional intelligence (EI) and related concepts has a long history in psychology. However, the earliest intelligence quotient (IQ) tests focused on cognitive abilities, and research on the social and emotional skills necessary for successful functioning continued to lag behind work on the purely cognitive ones. Then in the early 1980s psychologists like Gardner (1983) and Sternberg (1985) proposed that there are other kinds of intelligences, and in 1990 Salovey and Mayer began publishing on a new form of intelligence that they called emotional intelligence (Salovey & Mayer, 1990).


  • emotions;
  • emotional intelligence;
  • social and emotional competence