Assessing Emotional Intelligence (and why you should)

This week’s article is written by Leopold Denis, the co-founder of Moodwalk, a French company specializing in emotional intelligence. You can learn more about it at

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What is Emotional Intelligence?

Everybody knows what IQ is, but far fewer know about EQ. Your Emotional Quotient reflects your Emotional Intelligence (EI), which represents your ability to identify, express, understand, regulate and use your emotions and those of others.

How important is your EI in your daily life? You have no idea!

It has been proven that having a good EI has a deep impact on 4 major aspects of your daily life:

  • Your mental well-being: Having good EI allows you to view life in a more positive manner, to make the best of situations. Strong EI plays a protective role against the development of psychological difficulties, such as depression or burnouts. EI also helps you to bounce back more easily when faced with difficult emotional situations.
  • Your relationships: The more developed your EI, the better the quality of your relationships. The ability to give meaning to both your feelings and those of others allows you to engage in richer, longer-lasting relationships. This principle is applicable to both professional and personal relationships (a partner, children, close friends, etc.)
  • Your physical well-being: Becoming aware of emotional information can reduce levels of stress, which in turn will reduce the likelihood of developing cardiovascular or gastrointestinal illnesses. Well-developed EI can also reduce migraines and even skin problems. Finally, it can also protect against developing addictive habits (such as the consumption of alcohol or cannabis).
  • Your academic/professional performance: Having good EI is a valuable professional asset, especially if you have a position that requires you to manage a team. As previously mentioned, EI can help you better manage relationships within your organization. EI also allows you to tackle the challenges of change and bring the best out in each individual, thereby increasing the quality of their work. Ultimately, good EI allows you to apply yourself better to your work and therefore be more productive. These findings are identical in the world of studies. Good EI allows you to cope with evaluation constraints and adapt to teachers’ requests.

How can we measure Emotional Intelligence? 

Measuring Emotional Intelligence is necessary in order to improve it. As it is composed of ten main aspects in which a person can have very variable scores, it is interesting to know which ones need to be worked on.

Thanks to the Profile of Emotional Competence, it is now possible to obtain a complete personalised profile of Emotional Intelligence. After a 50-question test, you can get a complete report presenting your emotional profile. This report corresponds to an analysis of your strengths and weaknesses regarding your ability to understand and regulate your own emotions and those of others. Created by Moïra Mikolajczak and Sophie Brasseur, this test was built on strong theoretical foundations and has been subject to complete scientific validation in order to make it a reliable tool. Over 16,000 people participated in the creation of this test in order to both obtain a significant average result of the population and to refine the proposed results.


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One Response to Assessing Emotional Intelligence (and why you should)

  1. Cynthia Ann Leighton February 20, 2017 at 5:34 pm #

    Yes, that makes sense. Emotional intelligence helps you connect with people. That aspect alone would tend to improve your ability to bounce back from challenges as well as increase productivity. Thanks.

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