The Intersection of Personality and Emotional Intelligence

 In Personality

When I first joined IBM I took a cognitive test. At the time, IBM gave the test to applicants for professional positions – it was to see if they could understand complex concepts and was very much like a graduate school entrance exam. Computer hardware and software was complex in the early ‘80s – the PC was in its infancy. Other than an interview with several managers, and an acceptable resume, the cognitive test was the only requirement for entry into IBM. Oh, and maybe a bit of side advice on the unspoken culture rules from friends in the know.

Understanding Emotion and Behavior Through Archetypes

519jklgq7qlPeople weren’t talking about emotional intelligence then, or personality testing. That came later in the ‘90s. Although Michael Beldoch wrote about it in 1964, the 1995 bestselling book Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman brought the term EI into corporate lingo. Since then there has been a lively and critical discussion within the scientific community about its validity. Goleman said that EI accounts for 67% of the abilities deemed necessary for superior performance in leaders and that it matters twice as much as technical expertise or IQ. But with all the personality and leadership testing available on the market, how can we learn more about EQ and how can we apply it?

At CultureTalk, we believe there is a relationship between one’s personality and emotional intelligence. That relationship usually shows up in behaviors. Over time, you adjust your actions and choices based on your own learning experiences and your environment. That’s where emotions and Archetypes can play a role.

“In most job interviews, people say they are looking for people skills and emotional intelligence. That’s reasonable, but the question is, how do you define what that looks like?” Susan Cain, Author of Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking

Determining your Archetype will demonstrate where you are at the current moment in an emotion-driven cycle that is working between your IQ, your personality and your current life stage. You will understand your behavior strengths and the triggers that are driving your choices in the moment. We created the CultureTalk Survey for Individuals to help you develop an improved awareness of yourself within your current life experience.

By taking the test and embarking on this journey, you will learn more about your own Archetype strengths and shadow behaviors. And, you’ll be able to align yourself with experiences that work for you while increasing your understanding of the emotional triggers that might not be working. Here are just a few examples:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

  • Creator Archetypes

    are extremely attentive to details, to thoroughness and to quality. Creators can become very stressed when pushed to complete a project before they believe it is ready.

  • Lover Archetypes

    can be great at helping others to appreciate each other. Collaborative activity supports this strength while the absence of it may have an emotional trigger of isolationism and loneliness for a Lover.

  • Magician Archetypes

    are visionary and can “connect the dots” and see things others may miss. When presented with project details, however, Magicians can become impatient and may move on quickly to something else.

Emotional behavior is a huge part of understanding the self. We encourage you to learn more about yourself through our CultureTalk Survey for Individuals. And, please let me know what you think about this topic. My own Sage Archetype will appreciate learning more about you!

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