Methods for diagnosing emotional intelligence



The problem of diagnostics of emotional intelligence is important both for applied psychology and for theoretical research in this field of knowledge. The purpose of the article is to review the methods of diagnosing emotional intelligence. The diagnostic toolkit for research of the dynamics of emotional intelligence depends on the explanatory model of emotional intelligence. At the same time, within the framework of one methodical approach, both diagnostic tools and the components of emotional intelligence measured by them are different. Based on these features of the problem one can put forward the principles of designing the diagnostic techniques. Summarizing these features and principles, we can figuratively divide diagnostic methodical material into groups as follows: describing the specific situation of the tasks; task wording that excludes ambiguous understanding of them; the wording of the assignments to avoid conscious control and socially desirable responses; highlighting objective criteria for assessing responses; measuring not personality traits, but abilities; possibility to predict human behavior in areas associated with emotional manifestations.

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Keywords: emotional intelligence, diagnostics, diagnostic techniques, questionnaire, test, principles of designing tests

Journal rubric: General Psychology

Article type: review article


For citation: Kochetova Y.A., Klimakova M.V. Methods for diagnosing emotional intelligence [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2019. Vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 10–114. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2019080411. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Yuliya A. Kochetova, PhD in Psychology, Professor, Chair of Scientific Basis of Extreme Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Mariya V. Klimakova, Lecturer, Chair of Developmental Psychology Named after L.F. Obukhova, Faculty of Psychology of Education, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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