Emotional Intelligence – Best Practice

EI theory places substantial weight on self-efficacy, determination and increased frustration tolerance.  Consideration of each of these components in the administration of mental healthcare services provides the individual with added dexterity for more accurate perception of the emotional stimuli, problem-solution skills (process methods) and behavioral performance, resulting in more competent social problem solving (SPS) and improved EI.

EI theory highlights the role human anatomy and social environment play in the development of emotional behavior, concluding in an efficient, flexible, open-minded method of addressing emotional problems. An EI / SPS practice lacking balanced emphasis on any of these three dimensions may result in deficit SPS competence and weakened EI. For example, if the REBT paradigm is stressed over the biological/social influence on emotional health, imbalance may result.  Simply being adept at untangling cognitive mysteries using REBT is likely to limit EI achievement.

Few researchers agree on the most appropriate techniques for achieving SPS / EI proficiency. Many are in agreement that optimal SPS can be achieved using a four-stage model: 1) input, or the act of perceiving and understanding the problem; 2) processing, or the generation of alternatives and selecting solutions; 3) output, or the act of planning and implementing solutions; and 4) review, or the process of evaluating solutions or modifying them, if necessary.  These observations appear to be ideal for use with the EI paradigm.

EI theory incorporates emotive and behavioral measures to encourage the learner to independently act against irrational thoughts and behaviors.  By expressing a more internally locused base of control, and staying well-focused during the process of problem identification and problem resolution, improvement in EI is believed more likely.


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