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Structure of the EIT methodology

The methodology of EIT was built analogously to MSCEIT, but with a number of substantiated changes. In the sections devoted to the identification of emotions (in the faces of people depicted and in abstract paintings), our own stimulus material was created. Ordinary people, not actors, were selected for the photos of faces, and stimulus situations were created for them that could cause one of the basic emotions according to Plutchik. For the evaluation of emotions in artistic works, paintings of painters of the late nineteenth to early twentieth centuries were selected (Figures 2.2 and 2.3) (Sergienko et al., 2017).

In tasks containing narratives, situations relevant to the Russian-speaking culture were described. All stories relate to four basic areas of emotional interaction:

  • 1. Career and success at work (interactions with colleagues, multi-level interactions, corporate events);
  • 2. Close relationships (family, children, friends);
  • 3. Interaction in society (the ability to establish communication, enter into society, interactions in the street); and
  • 4. Conflict resolution (with colleagues, in the family, in society).

The developed methodology of EIT allows the determination of the general level of development of El, as well as the level of development of four components of El: perception of emotions, use of emotions to facilitate thought, analysis and understanding of emotions, and conscious management of emotions. In addition to the eight main sections aimed at measurement of the abilities of the four branches of El, another section was included, aimed at measurement of abilities in the field of El along two branches at the same time: perception of emotions and understanding emotions. It was

Example of task from the section on the identification of emotions in faces. Source

Figure 2.2 Example of task from the section on the identification of emotions in faces. Source: Authors’ own compilation.

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Example of task from the section on the identification of emotions in works of art

Figure 2.3 Example of task from the section on the identification of emotions in works of art.

Source: Authors’ own compilation.

Table 2.8 The structure of emotional intelligence used in the EIT methodology

General factor

Two main

components

(domains)

Four branches of emotional intelligence

Level of individual sections

Emotional

intelligence

Experiential

emotional

intelligence

Strategic

emotional

intelligence

Perceiving

Facilitating

Understanding

Management

Faces Pictures Situations Facilitation Empathy Changes Blends Dynamics Emotion management Impact on the emotions of others

  • (Section 1) (Section 5) (Section 9a) (Section 2) (Section 6) (Section 3) (Section 7) (Section 9b) (Section 4)
  • (Section 8)

Source: Authors' own compilation.

hypothesized that this would allow the assessment of the level of connectedness of individual branches of El and the degree of their mutual influence (Table 2.8).

 
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