The History of EQ

The term EQ (emotional quotient) was coined by psychologists John Mayer and Peter Solvey in the beginning of the 1990’s and later popularized by Daniel Goleman, Doctor of psychology and scientific journalist at the New York Times, when he started writing about the research in the newspaper. In 1995 Daniel published “The Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ”, which ended up becoming an international bestseller.



Goleman’s book provided new insights to intelligence and demonstrated through his research how a high IQ does not necessarily lead to success. He identified other qualities which he argued characterizes successful people, such as social competence, self-control, enthusiasm, patience, sympathy and ability to self-motivate. He also argued that these abilities can be taught and improved throughout life.


Parallel to the work of Mayer, Salovey and Goleman, the Israeli psychologist Reuven Bar-On along with the Canadian assessment company Multi Health Systems developed the first scientifically validated measure of EQ, the EQ-i. The assessment was publicized in 1997 and has since become the leading test in its field with over 1,5 million tests completed worldwide.


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