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BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory

Based on 17 years of research by Dr. Reuven Bar-On and tested on over 33,000 individuals worldwide, the BarOn Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-iT) is the first scientifically developed and validated measure of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence reflects one's ability to deal with daily environment challenges and helps predict one's success in life, including professional and personal pursuits. A growing body of research suggests that emotional intelligence, measured by Emotional Quotient (EQ), is a better predictor of "success" than the more traditional measures of cognitive intelligence (IQ).

What does the BarOn EQ-i measure? 
The BarOn EQ-i consists of 133 items and takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. It is based on the most comprehensive theory of emotional intelligence to date and renders an overall EQ score as well as scores for the following 5 composite scales and 15 subscales:

Intrapersonal Scales:

  • Self-Regard
  • Emotional Self Awareness
  • Assertiveness
  • Independence
  • Self-Actualization

Interpersonal Scales:

  • Empathy
  • Social Responsibility
  • Interpersonal Relationship


Adaptability Scale:

  • Reality Testing
  • Flexibility
  • Problem Solving


Stress Management Scales:

  • Stress Tolerance
  • Impulse Control


General Mood Scales:

  • Optimism
  • Happiness


These important areas of emotional intelligence are measured accurately with the aid of 4 validity indices and a sophisticated correction factor.

How can the BarOn EQ-i be used? 
The BarOn EQ-i can be employed in many ways and in a variety of settings. It is appropriate for use in corporate, clinical, educational, medical and research settings. Potential users of the EQ-i include human resources professionals, organizational development consultants, career counselors, guidance counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, and social workers.

The BarOn EQ-i can be used by organizations for screening as part of the recruiting process to aid in identifying potentially successful employees. It can also be employed in identifying those emotional and social skills that are important to develop in employee training programs, team building, and in enhancing managerial competencies at work.

Research indicates that there is a strong correlation between emotional intelligence and job performance. You can even create a profile of the top performers in your organization to determine what skills are most valuable in your company or for any particular position.

Skills associated with emotional intelligence develop throughout life and can be improved through training, making the BarOn EQ-i a valuable instrument for identifying potential areas for improvement and for measuring the effectiveness of organizational development programs.


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