“Emotional intelligence is the ability to perceive emotions, to access and generate emotions to assist thought, to understand emotions and emotional knowledge, and to reflectively regulate emotions to promote emotional and intellectual growth (Mayer & Salovey, 1997).”
What the MSCEIT™ Measures
“The MSCEIT™ assessment is an ability-based measure of emotional intelligence. This means that you can get a low score on the MSCEIT™, but through hard work and effort, you can behave in an emotionally intelligent manner. Conversely, you can get a high score on the MSCEIT™ but not utilize the emotional abilities that you possess.”
How Does the MSCEIT™ Work?
“The MSCEIT™ is an ability test. This means that some answers on the MSCEIT™ are better than
others.” – The MSCEIT Report
This instrument measures the level to which you demonstrate the perceivable skills of emotional intelligence versus identifying the intensity of personal traits or characteristics that those skills may indicate.
Those skills are described as:
Perceiving – which is the foundational skill of Emotional Self-Awareness, perceiving our own emotions, plus accurately perceiving emotions in others. This skill has a double-edged benefit because having awareness and empathy for our own emotions increases our ability to detect and understand the emotions of others (Theory of Mind). This significantly increases the skills of interpersonal relationships.
Understanding – is the ability to interpret what we perceive. This includes being able to determine the cause of emotions, and how they may blend and change over time. It’s another piece of knowledge that increases the skills of empathy, interpersonal communication, situational leadership, and self-fulfillment. These skills build the bridge to Cultural and Social Intelligence.
Using – is also tied to recognizing and valuing feelings, emotions, and moods, and working with them to discern and enact effective action and decisions. The skills of using emotion support excellent facilitation, communication, and personal fulfillment. Knowing how to match moods to tasks increases focus for a particular task with the right neurological/emotional energy to perform it well and increases influence and impact when leading others.
Managing – is fully applied emotional intelligence. It is the combined use of all the skills listed above. It includes being able to accept and work with your own feelings, emotions, and moods, as well as skillfully and appropriately working with and influencing the emotions of others for healthy outcomes. These skills greatly enhance management and leadership.
The MSCEIT may enhance your experience of the Applied Emotional Intelligence workshops that are also available for SHRM PDCs:
Or you may simply take the MSCEIT and receive a feedback session to increase your emotional skills self-awareness, for 2 SHRM PDCs. Additional coaching sessions may also qualify for 1 SHRM PDC each.