There are a number of problems with all questionnaires and assessments, including those associated with emotional intelligence.
The first is that, as we have seen, you are constantly changing – your responses today may be different from your responses in a week, depending on your mood, energy, inner contentment and many other factors.
Secondly, your cognitive biases will distort your thinking and this is particularly true of emotions. It is very hard to think of your emotional responses in hypothetical situations because you rationalise.
Thirdly, in emotional assessments you are using your rational rather than emotional brain
Perhaps other people could give their views on you? But then we face the quantum problem – the observer affects the observed – you may be acting differently with them than you do with others – and taking an average score may conceal more than it reveals. Plus they are emotional beings with filtered perceptions and cognitive biases; remember halo-horns, priming, mistaking correlation for cause, fundamental attribution error.
Therefore, as with all the questionnaires and assessments, I urge caution. Use them to help achieve new perspectives but do not place too much reliance on them. There are links below to a free test and to the relatively inexpensive Talent Smart book and test. The third link is to a review of other more rigorous tests by the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organisations. They state:
“Many tests that promise to measure emotional intelligence have appeared in recent years. Some of these tests seem promising, but many have not been empirically evaluated. As a service to our visitors, we have reviewed many of these tests and selected those for which there is a substantial body of research (at least five published journal articles or book chapters that provide empirical data based on the test). However, inclusion of a test on this web site does not constitute an endorsement of that test by CREIO.”
Most of these tests require administration by an accredited supplier.
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