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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 83-84

Emotional intelligence: A long-time neglected factor for academic performance

1 Department of Public Health Dentistry, Geetanjali Dental and Research Institute, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Geetanjali Dental and Research Institute, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India

Date of Submission17-Nov-2018
Date of Decision03-Sep-2019
Date of Acceptance13-Aug-2020
Date of Web Publication08-Dec-2020

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Manoj Kumar Hans
Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Geetanjali Dental and Research Institute, Udaipur, Rajasthan
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DOI: 10.4103/efh.EfH_298_18

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Dear Editor,

Emotional intelligence is a social form of intelligence that enables people to recognize their own and other’s emotions and to make appropriate choices for thinking and action.[1]

There has been an enormous disagreement on the definition of emotional intelligence among researchers. In 1990, Mayer and Salovey offered the first formulation of a concept called “Emotional Intelligence.” It was a new way of thinking about the ingredients of life success (Goleman, 2000). It was then that Emotional Intelligence became a recognized term.[2]

There have been many conflicts regarding the beliefs about emotional intelligence among various researchers. While some believe that it is a learned behavior that a person inculcates during life, others believe that it is an inborn trait. However, it is said that emotional intelligence matters twice as much as intelligence quotient.[2]

Emotional intelligence has an important role to play in all the professions, especially those related with patient care. Many studies have shown a direct relationship between emotional intelligence and academic performance. Hence, it can be assumed that various factors play a vital role in making up the emotional intelligence of people, which thereby plays a major role in their academic performance.[3]

The health profession is considered to be a sacred profession. It deals with a patient’s physical, mental, social, and emotional health. A good health professional is the one who not only has sound knowledge of illnesses and their treatments but also is capable of assessing patient’s hidden illnesses. To disseminate one’s duties with complete ethical awareness in a professional manner is the real challenge.[4]

Emotional intelligence has been measured in different ways in past studies. It has been found that emotional intelligence is associated with factors such as gender, age, and lifestyle. Further, emotional intelligence has a significant role to play with academic performance. [4,5]

It is recommended that all the medical, dental, and paramedical colleges should look at emotional intelligence as a major factor as it has been known to affect not just the academic performance but also the overall development of individuals in all the spheres of life. Special short-term classes can be brought into the curriculum to enhance the social, mental, and emotional health of individuals.

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Mayer JD, Salovey P. The intelligence of emotional intelligence. Intelligence 1993;17:432-42.  Back to cited text no. 1
Singh Y , Sharma R. Relationship between general intelligence, emotional intelligence, stress levels and stress reactivity. Ann Neurosci 2012;19:107-11.  Back to cited text no. 2
Unnikrishnan B, Darshan B, Kulkarni V, Thapar R, Mithra P, Gatty NK, et al. Association of emotional intelligence with academic performance among medical students in South India. Asian J Pharm Clin Res 2015;8:300-2.  Back to cited text no. 3
Ravichandra KS, Ravi GR, Kandregula CR, Vundavalli S, Srikanth K, Lakhotia D. Emotional intelligence among dental undergraduate students: An indispensable and ignored aspect in dentistry. J Int Oral Health 2015;7:69-72.  Back to cited text no. 4
Shetty SC, Venkatappa KG, Parakandy SG, Sparshadeep EM, Das SK. Assessment of emotional intelligence in first-year medical students: A questionnaire-based study. IOSR J Dent Med Sci 2013;3:23-6.  Back to cited text no. 5


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