First thing we should examine is the validity of any emotional intelligence test. Why? Because there seems to be two lines of thought here...
One way people look at an emotional intelligence quiz is just that, like it's a “self administered” incomplete survey which you can skew the results by your mood.
Another way people look at a test for emotional intelligence is that it can be used as a personal development tool to further develop your emotional powers and connections within yourself and with others.
Is there validity to both of these opinions? Yes.
Can we take this information and come to a compromise? Yes!
When you venture into researching emotional intelligence (also called EQ), many articles on emotional intelligence talk about the components of emotional intelligence as well as how to improve emotional intelligence.
But what, exactly, is the emotional intelligence theory and how does it relate to a self-administered quiz?
To define emotional intelligence in simple terms, it is having the ability to have a good deal of self awareness so you can monitor your emotions, as well as also having the ability to manage these emotions when they surface, either within yourself or within your social environments and relationships.
For a more indepth definition of emotional intelligence, click here to check out my "Define Emotional Intelligence in Relation to Happiness" article. Then click the back button and I'll be here waiting...
What an EQ test is analyzing is something called your “emotional intelligence quotient,” which is a numeric value given to your EQ similar to your IQ score.
Some tests also use this number to compare your score with the average score of the determined population as shown in this chart:
So, should you give these numbers a lot of credence? Depends...
Did you skew your answers a lot to look good, or were you truthful and objective?
Is your EQ number important to obtaining a job within a certain corporation?
Has your life changed radically now that you know you are either above, below or in range of “the norm” of people who have taken this type of test?
Of course, these answers are up to you, but as for me, I've taken one free test for emotional intelligence several times giving several different answers just to have some fun and see what it will tell me...
Kind of like those old “Does he love me” tests in a magazine that we took when we were kids...
They're entertaining, but can they really help us?
With regard to using an emotional intelligence online test that is free, you can benefit if you use it as a personal development tool.
Here's a quick and fun free test for emotional intelligence. Since the link opens in a new window, go ahead and run through the test quickly and then come back to this window and we'll continue our discussion...
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE FREE TEST
So, how do you feel about taking this emotional intelligence appraisal? Good because you scored relatively high, or “not-so-good” because you scored relatively low?
Regardless of your score, you can use this test as a tool to broaden your self awareness. For example, in my “Free Emotional Intelligence Test” article, I discuss how to take the first two questions in this test and turn them around to use as exercises for learning how to improve emotional intelligence.
Go ahead and click here to take a look at those suggestions in that article before we move on so you know what I'm talking about when using these emotional intelligence tests as a personal development tool. After you're done, just click on the back button and I'll be waiting here for you...
Another way to assess your EQ is to find a fee-based EQ test. I found a few relatively inexpensive ones that ranged from $12 – $50, while a more comprehensive test cost around $200.
These tests appear to be quite a bit more comprehensive than the free emotional intelligence tests, so if you apply my strategy of finding ways to turn each of the questions into exercises (as I discussed in my “Free Emotional Intelligence Test” article referred to above), then you're bound to have lots of material to play with for finding out more about yourself and your relationships.
If you stay in tune with using the emotional intelligence test as a personal development tool such as this, spending $12-$50 is right in line with a short personal development course, so could be a good idea.
On the other hand, however, if you are seriously looking for how to improve emotional intelligence, you may want to spend closer to the higher end so you get a more comprehensive test, and thus, more feedback to work with on your own or with a personal development coach.
Either way, taking a fee-based test for emotional intelligence could be a good idea if you have the money, don't get too excited over whether you “passed” the test with a great score or not and can use the test as a personal development tool for your own growth.
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If you're new to the emotional intelligence theory and want to learn more, using a free emotional intelligence test or two can give you some ideas around the concepts of this field of study.
If you're serious about how to improve emotional intelligence, whether it is because of the popular emotional intelligence role in corporate business or just because you're curious about your emotional intelligence quotient in terms of numbers, then using a fee-based EQ test could be a good choice for you.
And if you think all these tests are “for the birds,” I've listed more articles on emotional intelligence in my "What is Emotional Intelligence article," which gives you more information about the EQ theory and how to improve your emotional intelligence skills – without a test:
And here's an another article that explains more about this great subject:
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