The systematic study of emotional intelligence is often dated to the early 1990s, when scientific articles suggested that there existed an unrecognized but important human mental ability to reason about emotions and to use emotions to enhance thought.
Journalistic accounts of emotional intelligence in books and magazines of the mid-1990s explained the concept to an interested public -- but not without introducing some crucial inaccuracies. Moreover, much has been learned about emotional intelligence since those early writings.
So what is emotional intelligence really? This area of the site describes emotional intelligence and a key model of the concept. To learn more, click on the associated topics (the narrative will appear beneath the menu).