About the Journey to EQ Research
People frequently tell us how much difference it’s made to study EQ and to join Six Seconds’ community. This led us to wonder: What happens in this process of learning emotional intelligence?
And, in studying this process, can we learn to support people in even better ways?
With great generosity, 98 people completed a lengthy survey about their experiences and the stages of learning emotional intelligence. Then volunteers helped “code” the answers so at least three people scored each of the 1184 textual answers. Using this scoring, we conducted a frequency analysis and a co-occurrence correlation to mathematically derive the themes shown on this report.
The result is a “Theory of Change” of how Six Seconds’ methodology works for growing the practice of emotional intelligence. At each stage of the journey, you’ll see the key areas practitioners develop, and the risks to overcome (or pre-conditions they must meet) to proceed to the next stage.
At Six Seconds, we will be using these insights to continue to refine our processes in service of this community’s vision of a billion people practicing emotional intelligence. For other people committed to growing and practicing EQ, we hope these findings assist you in envisioning your own next steps -- and in considering how to focus your own process of supporting others in their EQ journeys.
As a coach, facilitator, educator or consultant, you can use these stages as a guide to support your own research-based program design. After your introductory programs, how are you supporting your participants to go from "Discovery" to "A Path Calls" and beyond?
The authors of this research are Joshua Freedman (Six Seconds CEO) and Tommaso Procicchiani (Six Seconds Design Engineer). The coding of the text responses was coordinated by Loreta Avdiu (Intern) and the visualization of this report was created by Annie Chu (Intern). Special thanks to Dr. Susan Stillman (Emeritus Director of Education) and to the members of our community who took the survey, and the volunteers who donated time to code responses: Makeda Gershenson, Rupali Bose, Paige Dest, Yasminah Jomeer, Kuuva Kanyama.