Theory and research- Current Problems
Edited By Hanna Liberska and Marzanna Farnicka
The Emotional Intelligence of Male Polish Prisoners in Comparison to Men with no Criminal Record
The article reviews research on the impact of emotional intelligence training on prisoners. The results show that emotional skills are indeed different for each tested group. According to the definition of Salovey and Mayer, emotional intelligence is understood as “the ability of adequate perception, judgment and expressing emotions, access to ones feelings, ability to generate them in moments when they can support thinking, ability to understand emotions and emotional knowledge, and regulating emotions in the way to support emotional and intellectual development.” In their model, Mayer and Salovey distinguished four branches of emotional intelligence. The model defines emotional intelligence as being comprised of the following abilities: recognition and judgement of emotions in oneself or others, understanding emotions as well as the actions associated with them, regulation and management of emotions, and the usage of emotions to facilitate thinking (Mayer, Salovay, 1997).
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