chapter  2
7 Pages

Emotional intelligence: models and controversies

Ever since Goleman (1995) had a bestseller with his book on emotional intelligence, research has focused on whether or not people who are emotionally intelligent have an advantage in society and life in general. Before Goleman's popularization of emotional intelligence, there were other researchers such as Gardner (1983), who argued that intelligence needed not only a cognitive but also an emotional component, which helped people to excel in social interactions. Although much has been written about emotional intelligence in adults, there are few publications dealing speci®cally with the development of emotional intelligence in infancy. The second part of the book will deal with this speci®c question in various domains with the help of one baby's development of her emotional intelligence, which is charted over time.