This tool is based upon a developmental model (Sarni, Emotional Intelligence Handbook) and measures the three capacities of emotional intelligence, or what others call the “essential components” (Taylor & Bagby).
These capacities include:
These capacities provide the foundation for development of the larger array of competencies and skills. When these capacities are well developed the competencies follow with ease.
Several key dimensions of these core capacities are measured. Self-soothing is measured in terms of what we do in relationships; what we tend to do that builds relationships and contributes to positive outcomes and what do we do that is detrimental to relationships and successful outcomes. The eight short vignettes present different difficult dilemmas that give individuals a composite view of their relationship strategies. They are also provided with a profile of how their strategies vary by context and by different issues.