Did you know that it is possible to calculate your emotional intelligence quotient? French scientists have developed a new test to measure the Emotional Quotient, or the EQ, which is available to the public.
So what is emotional intelligence (EI)? According to the magazine Psychologies, it relates to “the capacity to identify your own emotions, to understand them, to control them or adapt them to the circumstances”. This can be measured thanks to the emotional quotient (EQ). The concept of emotional intelligence was put forward in 1990 by American psychologists Peter Salovey and John Mayer. It is a form of intelligence that allows us to reason using our emotions and to adapt our behaviour depending on the situation.
Christophe Haag, a researcher and professor in organisational behaviour in EMLyon, estimates that our emotional quotient contributes to our success in life, although it is not the only factor at play. Accompanied by specialist Lisa Bellinghausen, a doctor in psychology and founder of Qualia Conseils, Christophe Haag wanted to conduct research in the area of emotional intelligence by developing a new test.
Haag estimated that the currently available tests are almost entirely based on participant self-reports, and also mix up several concepts such as personality, political viewpoints, etc. Haag explains that this new test is a question of performance, and that there is only one correct answer to the questions asked of participants.
So what is the goal of this project? To obtain sufficient data to attempt to find positive or negative correlations between EQ and well-being as well as general health. The researchers have currently put out an appeal for people over 18 years of age who would like to help with this experiment (via a questionnaire), to which at least 5,000 people need to respond. Unfortunately, the questionnaire is only currently available in French, but the study appears set to open up some very interesting areas for future research. If the project goes according to plan, the study should be published in a scientific journal.