Emotional Intelligence Research

1.  Self discipline:  It has been found that olympic athletes, world class musicians, & chess grand masters all have one specific attribute in common.  All three groups participate in consistent and repetitive training routines much more so than the general population.  In other words, they have an emotional strength in the area of self discipline.   ["Motivation and Elite Performance" Anders Ericsson, American Psychologist (Aug. 1994)]

2.  Delay of gratification: Studies have shown that a child's ability to delay gratification (to wait to get what they want) at a young age is correlated with higher academic performance and higher SAT scores later in life.   [SAT scores of impulsive and self-controlled children, Phil Peake]

3.  Optimism (i.e. a positive attitude) in freshman college students was found to be a better predictor of good grades than was their SAT scores.  [Martin Seligman, The New York Times, Feb 3, 1987]

4.  Empathy (concern for and awareness of others feelings) has been found to be associated with children being popular at school, being emotionally stable, and scoring better in school. [Stephen Norwicki and Marshall Duke, American Psychological Society Meeting, (1989)]