CLO: With Age Comes Wisdom

January 2007:  Chief Learning Officer :: Industry News

Emotional Intelligence and Age

There are many assumptions about emotional intelligence and age. Popular literature and “common sense” assert older people are wiser and more aware, but is this true?

Existing research indicates a slight relationship between emotional intelligence and age.

Using the Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment (SEI), a study of 405 Americans shows emotional intelligence (EQ) increases slightly with age. The relationship is r = 0.13 (p < 0.01);  slight but significant.

About the author - Six Seconds

Six Seconds supports people to create positive change - everywhere... all the time. Founded in 1997, the organization now has offices in 11+ countries and certified practitioners in over 100, and is the world's preeminent resource for putting emotional intelligence into action.

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