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The topic of Emotional Intelligence has come to the forefront as the result of the book by Goleman, Daniel, Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More than IQ. The first standardized test of Emotional Intelligence was published by Dr. Reuven Bar-On in 1997. Bar-On identified fifteen factors of Emotional Intelligence and the exercises Eldridge and Bodnar have developed are based on these fifteen factors.

The book consists of a description of each factor, an exercise sheet that describes the learning objectives, and the details of how to conduct the exercise, sometimes a script to be evaluated, and a worksheet.

The CD contains in PDF format a copy of each of the handouts to be printed out and distributed.

Those who have studied the MBTI? have already spent a good deal of time on self understanding and interpersonal relations, so Emotional Intelligence is a good fit with MBTI?. There is formal training to become an Emotional Intelligence facilitator, but I can see any MBTI? trained facilitator having no difficulty using some of these exercises. I plan on using some of the exercises with my ongoing group.

The exercises are group oriented but just reading through the descriptions would give a good overview of Emotional Intelligence factors. The descriptions are well written and most of the articles can be done on one?s own.

Jack Falt (Idealist, Authentic Blue, Chart-the-Course, INFJ, Ennea-9) leads an ongoing group in Ottawa called Appreciating Differences that studies temperament, interaction styles, cognitive processes, and the enneagram, applying them to a wide variety of topics. He was a former board director of OAAPT and writes many of the book reviews for their newsletter Tell~A~Type. He can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]
Jack Falt 11/21/2005


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