Emotional intelligence

Elena Simova

Emotional competence is a term is used in the areas of social-psychology, vocational and adult educational theory,  human resources consulting, and coaching. It was developed as emotional intelligence (EQ) started to be distinguished from the IQ and different authors use it in different ways. The concept of emotional competence was originally developed by Salovey and Mayer (1989) and made popular by Daniel Goleman (1996). It is often used synonymously with emotional intelligence because emotional competence is connected to and based upon emotional intelligence. A certain amount of emotional intelligence is required to learn certain competencies related to emotions.

Explanation of terms

Emotional competence is the ability to be able to cope with one’s own feelings and those of others. Further, to be able to assess them in specific contexts in order to avoid stress and prevent conflicts from escalating. And finally, it shouldn’t matter whether these emotions are one’s own, or those of other people.

In another definition, a more altruistic approach is described. There is an innate drive to make use of personal experiences in order to help others in their development. In terms of social-communicative development, this approach is the third step after emotional intelligence and social competence.


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