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Misconceptions about emotional intelligence: Deploying emotional intelligence in one’s life dimensions

Anobé Badenhorst, Dawie Smith
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 5, No 3 | a146 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v5i3.146 | © 2007 Anobé Badenhorst, Dawie Smith | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 July 2007 | Published: 14 July 2007

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Anobé Badenhorst, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Dawie Smith, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Emotional intelligence (EI) has become a buzz-word over the past ten years, yet misconceptions with regard to the concept abound. This leads to confusion among the general public, the scientific community, as well as to unfounded claims being made as to what the development of EI can accomplish in a person’s life. In this article the aim is to clarify the concept EI by making a sharper demarcation between the Emotional Life Dimension and the other life dimensions. Based on this clarification, the conceptualisation of EI in the literature is reviewed in more depth.


Emotional Intelligence; conceptual misconceptions


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