Understanding Emotional Intelligence


John T. Lanthem (Editor)

Series: Psychology Research Progress

BISAC: PSY000000

This book looks at the topic of emotional intelligence from a variety of perspectives, including adolescence, bullying, intimate relationships, and more. Chapter One describes the origin of the concept of emotional intelligence, the change and evolution of emotional intelligence throughout childhood and adolescence, and reviews published findings on the relationship of emotional intelligence with socio-emotional adjustment and bullying behavior. Chapter Two analyzes the role that emotional intelligence might play in establishing effective, stable, healthy, and happy intimate relationships. The third chapter provides a synthesized historical overview of the notion of emotions and the nature of their relationship to the rational mind and analyzes how concepts of “rational” and “emotional” can co-exist. Following this, the fourth chapter explores how the research area of emotional intelligence can be leveraged to prevent bullying victimization and peer aggression. Chapter Five deals with the practical implications of emotional intelligence for work and health. Chapter Six details how levels of physical activity correlate with emotional intelligence in adolescents. Lastly, the final chapter addresses the question of whether self-compassion can predict future anxiety and depression.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Emotional Intelligence in Adolescence: A Perspective from Bullying and Cyberbullying
(Elizabeth Cañas, Estefanía Estévez and Jesús F. Estévez – Department of Health Psychology, Miguel Hernández University, Elche, Alicante, Spain)

Chapter 2. Emotional Intelligence as a Protective Factor in Intimate Relationships
(María Alonso-Ferres and Ginés Navarro-Carrillo – Department of Social Psychology, University of Granada, Granada, Spain, et al.)

Chapter 3. Emotions and Rationality: The Long Journey of Emotional Intelligence Towards Itself
(Yasen Dimitrov – VUZF lab, Behavioural Research Facility, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Chapter 4. Testing the Contribution of Emotional Intelligence in Bullying Context: A Comparison of Victims, Bullies, Bully-Victims and Uninvolved Adolescents
(Cirenia Quintana-Orts, María Teresa Chamizo-Nieto, Nicolás Sánchez-Álvarez, Sergio Mérida-López, Lourdes Rey and Natalio Extremera – Department of Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of Seville, Spain, et al.)

Chapter 5. Emotional Intelligence: Historical Overview and Practical Implications for Work and Health
(Sara Esteban-Gonzalo and Laura Esteban-Gonzalo – Faculty of Biomedicine, Psychology Department, Universidad Europea de Madrid, Madrid, Spain, et al.)

Chapter 6. Levels of Physical Activity and Emotional Intelligence in Adolescents
(Inmaculada Méndez, PhD, Cecilia Ruiz-Esteban, PhD, Ana B. Jorquera, MSc and José Manuel García Fernández, PhD – University of Murcia, Murcia, Spain, et al.)

Chapter 7. Can Self-Compassion Predict Future Anxiety and Depression? A Cross-Lagged Panel Model Analysis in a Dominican Republic Sample
(Daniel Jiménez-Payano, Luisa García, Asha Nazir, Luz Bonilla, Greicy Veras, Leidy Rodríguez, Elaine Rivas, María Tejada and Pablo Ezequiel Flores-Kanter – Research Department, University Siglo 21, Córdoba, Argentina, et al.)



“John T. Lanthem’s Understanding Emotional Intelligence (2021) can be read as a way to benefit self-development and other-development, in various educational and work contexts. For adults, they are beset by various marshmallow temptations of their own. Perhaps there are smarter decision making paths than reaching for the temptation…. Read more >>>– Shalin Hai-Jew, Instructional Designer/Researcher, Kansas State University. Published in C2C Digital Magazine (Fall 2021 / Winter 2022).

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