A new study shows the best emotion intelligence scores for predicting how likely someone is to be empathic and compassionate, according to the results of a series of experiments.
Key points:The research shows people with high emotional intelligence scores are more likely to be compassionate and empathicResearchers found those with high scores on emotional intelligence scales are more than twice as likely to make charitable donationsA previous study showed people with higher emotional intelligence were more likely than those with lower scores to be emotionally empathicPeople with higher scores on the Emotional Intelligence Scale (EIS) scored higher on empathy and compassion.
However, the new study found people with more emotional intelligence scored higher than those who had lower scores.
The research found people who scored higher in emotional intelligence had a better ability to connect with others and to feel empathy for others, and the results may explain why they are more inclined to give, donate or volunteer.
“This research is important for understanding the development of empathy and empathy-related skills in humans,” said Dr Robert Langer, an associate professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine.
“Our research suggests that higher levels of emotional intelligence may help people to better understand how others feel.”
The study involved researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Boston University, and involved more than 100 participants.
It focused on the EIS, a questionnaire designed to measure people’s emotional intelligence, and was published in the journal Intelligence.
Emotional intelligence is a measure of people’s ability to relate to others, express themselves and make sense of events.
It was developed by psychologist Robert Landa, who discovered it in a 1974 study and later published it in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
“There is a very strong link between higher levels [of emotional intelligence] and empathy,” said Professor Langer.
“People who score high on emotional empathy have better interpersonal and emotional communication skills.”
Dr Langer said he had been intrigued by this research and was keen to see how people would use the data to improve their empathy and altruism skills.
“The fact that we can measure empathy in a wide range of people means we can use the same tests to predict empathy for a wide variety of people,” he said.
“We can use these tests to determine the empathy for other people and for other animals, as well as for people.”‘
You get the best results by asking people what they want to hear’Dr Lander said it was possible to measure empathy and emotion intelligence in a variety of different ways.
“You get a better result if you ask people what their intentions are, so you can get a much better sense of what they are saying,” he explained.
“But also you get the results that you get from a lot of different tests, including those which measure empathy.”‘
People with a high emotional IQ score are more altruistic’The research also found people scoring higher in emotion intelligence tended to be more altruist, as they were more motivated to help others.
“A lot of people who are in a high-emotional-intelligence group tend to be altruistic,” Dr Langer explained.
Professor Langer added that people who were highly emotional and empathetic were more generous, caring and kind.
“I think there are some similarities in how people respond to altruism,” he added.
“It’s probably more driven by the social cues that people give.”
What’s important is that they’re also more likely (to) be very compassionate and to be willing to give.
“The research revealed that people with the highest emotional intelligence score tended to have high levels of generosity, generosity that was a result of their ability to feel emotions.”
High levels of empathy also tend to correlate with people who have a high level of emotional intelligent,” Dr D’Antonio said.”[High emotional intelligence means] that you’re more likely, for example, to have more empathy for yourself, to be able to feel the emotions of others and so on.”‘
Emotional Intelligence can be a predictor of empathy for animals’Dr D’Angelo said that, for the most part, emotions were considered separate from personality and that people’s emotions were not separate from their personalities.”
That said, emotions can be useful for understanding and comparing people,” she said.
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