Emotional Research and the Mind-Body Connection
The emotional-physical health connection directly ties into the study and use of “emotional intelligence” or “EI.” EI is already being successfully utilized in several contexts, including in employment, medical and nursing schools and military settings, to target individuals with emotional characteristics that enhance or impair their likelihood of success in the relevant fields.i The same considerations provide an opportunity to understand what you need to address to enhance your well-being. Specifically, testing your EI – i.e., identifying the characteristics which are strong or weak through the EPS — can result in an awareness of your stress and anxiety, confidence, self-belief and comfort in asking questions and other related factors directly impacting your physical wellness.
Moreover, researchers in the EI field have found direct correlations between emotional intelligence and physical health. Specific studies have tied the trait of optimism to adolescent cancer survivorsii and perceptions in adults of good overall physical health with general emotional intelligence.iii One leader in the field has said that the EI studies in the clinical context show the most important factors appear to be: (a) the ability to be aware of oneself; (b) the ability to manage emotions and handle stress; (c) the ability to solve problems of a personal and interpersonal nature; and (d) the ability to maintain an optimistic disposition.iv These factors can be captured through the EPS results.
The mind-body connection is important to recognize. So taking care of yourself emotionally may enhance your physical well-being!
i. See, e.g., Susan Rivers, Marc A. Brackett and Peter Salovey, “Measuring Emotional Intelligence as a Mental Ability in Adults and Children.” In Gregory Boyle, Gerald Matthews and Donald H. Saklofske (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Personality Theory and Assessment. Los Angeles: Sage, pp. 440-460; Mary Heffernan et al., “Self Compassion and Emotional Intelligence in Nurses”, International Journal of Nursing Practice, Volume 16, 2010, pp. 366-373.
ii. E. Krivoy et al., “Comparing the Emotional Intelligence of Adolescent Cancer Survivors with a Matched Sample from the Normative Population”, Medical & Pediatric Oncology, Volume 35 (3), 2000, p. 382.
iii. Rueven Bar-On, “The Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i): Rationale, Description, and Summary of Psychometric Properties,” In Glenn Geher (ed.), Measuring Emotional Intelligence, Common Ground and Controversy. Hauppage, NY: Nova Science Publishers, pp. 111-142.
iv. Rueven Bar-On, “The Bar-On Model of Emotional-Social Intelligence,” Psicothema, Volume 18 suppl., 2006, pp. 13-25.
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