Emotional Quotient

I have been wanting to blog about EQ (Emotional Quotient) for a while now.  Ever since a friend of mine introduced the idea to me really.  It is intriguing.  I don’t understand all the ins and outs of it, but basically it goes something like this.  IQ (intelligence Quotient) is a measure of your intellectual capability and to a certain degree, places limits on what you should be able to accomplish in the way of higher education.  There are quite a few break downs or “reference charts” but here’s an example breakdown from wikipedia:

IQ Range (15SD)

Intelligence Classification


Profound Mental Retardation


Severe Mental Retardation


Moderate Mental Retardation


Mild Mental Retardation


Borderline Mental Retardation


Average Intelligence




Moderately Gifted


Highly Gifted


Exceptionally Gifted

Over 175

Profoundly Gifted

I couldn’t find one that I have seen before, but for each “classification” there is an expected limit to the level of education an individual would be able to complete.  (i.e., somewhere around “Moderately Gifted” and above would be able to accomplish a Ph-D).

So if IQ is a measure of intellectual ability, EQ is a measure of emotional ability or, as I have seen a few places, Emotional Intelligence.  Though some seem to think it’s a bunch of hogwash, the theory is that even if someone has a lower IQ but a high EQ it would allow them to accomplish things beyond what is expected of their IQ classification.  When my friend was telling me about all this, he mentioned that IQ cannot really be changed or improved, but EQ can.  Interesting.

So I just took a random emotional litercy test (the emotional IQ test was $8.99) and it was 12 questions long (and FREE).  They described it this way:

Emotional intelligence is not merely about controlling emotional responses for one’s own benefit an; that of others. It is also about using emotion where suitable. Emotion is, after all, at the heart of that sincerity which reassures, persuades and affords confidence; emotion triggers flight or fight, sometime-appropriately; emotion is necessary if we are to cope, for example, with bereavement; emotion can lie at the source of our greatest joys. The emotionally intelligent are like parents to their emotions, acknowledging their needs, loving them, indulging them where appropriate, encouraging their creativity yet restraining them from foolish, destructive or discourteous behaviour. To extend the metaphor, the emotionally intelligent are neither of the school which believes that emotions should be repressed – “seen but not heard,” nor of that which would allow the little darlings to “express themselves freely to the discomfort or dismay of others. Emotional literacy with regard to others can only be learner by reference to the ABC of one’s own emotions. If, therefore, you are not at ease with your own emotions, you will find it hard to relate to others and to respond appropriately to them.

After answering the questions here’s what it said:

Your robust attempts to master your emotions are praiseworthy but frequently ill-judged and unsympathetic. You defend yourself from “unworthy” emotions by simulating appropriate responses, but you tend to give rent-free space in your head to people and things which were better considered, understood and consigned to the emotional data-bank for subsequent use. Try allowing emotions, even emotions which seem unworthy – anger, fear, frailty, depression, etc. – into harmless contexts such as when listening to music or watching films, explore them and acknowledge them. They are part of the armoury of wisdom.

Although I get a little lost in the language they use here, I think there’s some truth to their summary.  Food for thought.


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26 Responses to “Emotional Quotient”

  1. pinkhammer Says:

    Woo hoo! One more thing off my to-do list! : )

  2. Ruth Says:

    I think the EQ stuff is excellent. I took the test too, thanks for sharing it. I think the first question was the best one.

  3. Heather Somervail Says:

    PW — have a book called Emotional Intelligence you may enjoy… Has application, but also how the brain puzzle pieces fit together within the emotional responses. Cool stuff.

  4. fishclamor Says:

    pink! get this, i’m completely sane! want to see my card?


    sorry blogosphere. inside joke. but i’ll post something on my fishclamor.wordpress.com blog so you’ll know what the joke is tomorrow (i already put up two new pieces yesterday and…you know).

    it will be called “blue? too blue?…” and will be classified under mental health pamphlets in my categories/tags. you do not want to miss it, no really, i swear.

  5. fishclamor Says:

    pink, sorry, i mean to copy the results of my eq tests so you could see why i was sane. shoot. please forgive and delete my two comments until i get it right!

    back to the test now. ;-)

  6. fishclamor Says:

    “You have no problem in accepting and using your emotions when appropriate, while imposing restraint on destructive impulses. You are comfortable with your natural responses where they serve their turn and know how to channel their useful physiological consequences to best effect.” –fc’s eq test result

    see. that’s me. completely sane. believe it! or not! so. NOW do you wanna see my card?

    love, fc

  7. tracy Says:

    ha, you are a counselor at heart! i paid the $8.99 and scored 175… would that make me an emotional genius?

  8. pinkhammer Says:

    Well…I s’pose. : )

  9. Joolie Says:

    I like this concept, but I thought the free test was ridiculous. Almost every question, my response wanted to be, no. I didn’t think any of the three choices fit my reaction to the situation they posited. But thanks for the spark.

  10. pinkhammer Says:

    Yeah…the quiz was a bit lame. That’s what you get for free stuff. Glad my post sparked something in your brain. I love it when that happens. : )

  11. a.k.satsangi Says:

    Yoga (Application) which was based on the control of the body physically and implied that a perfect control over the body and the senses led to knowledge of the ultimate reality. A detailed anatomical knowledge of the human body was necessary to the advancement of yoga and therefore those practising yoga had to keep in touch with medical knowledge. (Romila Thapar, A History of India, volume one).

    I suggest : Mind and brain are two distinct things. Brain is anatomical entity whereas mind is functional entity. Mind can be defined as the function of autonomic nervous system (ANS). It is claimed that mind can be brought under conscious control through the practice of meditation. But how? ANS is largely under hypothalamic control which is situated very close to optic chiasma (sixth chakra or ajna chakra). Protracted practice of concentration to meditate at this region brings functions of ANS say mind under one’s conscious control.

    ANS is further divided into parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) and sympathetic nervous system (SNS). On the basis of these facts I have discovered a mathematical relationship for spiritual quotient (S.Q.). Spiritual Quotient can be expressed mathematically as the ratio of Parasympathetic dominance to Sympathetic dominance. PSNS dominates during meditative calm and SNS dominates during stress. In this formula we assign numerical values to the physiological parameters activated or suppressed during autonomic mobilization and put in the formula to describe the state of mind of an individual and also infer his/her level of consciousness.

    Meditation is the art of looking within and science of doing nothing. We don’t use anything in meditation. We just try to concentrate to meditate at some point in human anatomy known as ‘chakra’ in Indian System of Yoga. The current of mind is flowing outward through the senses and unconsciously. The mind comes at rest gradually through regular practice of meditation. Then comes self realization and enlightenment. Protracted practice of meditation under qualified guidance will help to manage all sort of psychological problems.

    Emotional Quotient can also be expressed mathematically as the product of I.Q. and Wisdom Factor. E.Q. stands for Emotional Quotient. An intelligent person may not be wise. But a wise man will always be intelligent. An intelligent person having certain level of positive emotions can be said as wise. An intelligent person lacking wisdom will turn autocrat. A wise man will always be a democrat who respects others existence.

    Some may raise doubt that how could be the Wisdom quantified? The answer is simple -if Mental Age of I.Q. can be quantified then Wisdom can also be quantified, of course, comparatively with more efforts. Wilhelm Stern had given the formula of I.Q.. It is, Mental Age/ Chronological Age x 100. Spiritual Quotient (S.Q.) leverages both E.Q. and I.Q.

    Anirudh Kumar Satsangi

  12. pinkhammer Says:

    Thank you for this thorough explanation, Anirudh. There is so much to explore in this area!

  13. a.k.satsangi Says:

    Thank you pinkhammer for your compliments. I agree there is lot to be explored to develop it into a complete science. Wish you a very Happy New Year.

  14. a.k.satsangi Says:

    Here wisdom is used to discriminate between right and wrong. Persons possessing some level of positive emotions can be said to have this ability.

  15. Anirudh Kumar Satsangi Says:

    Deepak Chopra has given a formula of spiritual quotient in terms of Deed (D) and Ego (E). According to Deepak Chopra S.Q.=D/E. According to him if E is ‘zero’ the S.Q. will be infinite. This appears to be very fascinating but it is highly abstract which can not be measured experimentally accurately and precisely. However, this formula has immense value to understand S.Q.

    I have also discovered a mathematical relationship for S.Q about eight years back in 2001. I have used physiological parameters which can be measured accurately and precisely and can be tested and verified experimentally. According to this formula S.Q. can be expressed as the ratio of parasympathetic dominance (P.D.) to sympathetic dominance (S.D.). Parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) and sympathetic nervous system (SNS) are the two parts of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) which is largely under hypothalamic control. Hypothalamus is situated very close to the Sixth Chakra. During practice of meditation at Sixth Chakra these centres are galvanised which has very positive effect on practitioners spiritual, emotional, psychological and physiscal well being

  16. Anirudh Kumar Satsangi Says:


  17. Sara J. Green Says:

    Thank you for your thoughtful comments on this post. I appreciate the information as this is definitely something I am still interested in.

  18. Anirudh Kumar Satsangi Says:

    Thank you very much Sara for your interest in my work on S.Q. which I have further elaborated as below:

    There are various types of meditation available, which are being practiced by sages, saints, seers and others across the world. The difference in various versions lies in the fact that these practice involve concentration to meditate at different centres known as Chakra in Yoga System. These chakras are, in fact, energy centres which correspond to nerve centres distributed along the spinal column and in brain region.

    Some practitioners start to meditate at Basic/Root Chakra (Muladhara) – situated at the base of spine, some at Heart Chakra (Anahata Chakra), some at AJNA Chakra – Optic Chiasma – Master Chakra and some from even higher centres situated in the brain region. Among all these types of meditation, practice at sixth chakra is considered to be the most ideal which brings about optimum results.

    Sixth Chakra is situated very close to hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is a portion of brain that contains a number of small nuclei with a variety of functions. One of the most important function of the hypothalamus is to link nervous system to the endocrine system via the pituitary glands.

    Autonomic nervous system (ANS) is largely under hypothalamic control. ANS consists of parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS) and sympathetic nervous system (SNS). PSNS is activated during meditative calm and during stress SNS is activated. When PSNS is activated, heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure decreased. Supply of blood in the digestive tract increased. When SNS is activated heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure increased. Supply of blood to the muscles and exterior organs increased and to the digestive tract decreased. In addition to these, there are many other parameters which can be compared. Parasympathetic Dominance (P.D.) is the state of PSNS activation whereas Sympathetic Dominance (S.D.) is the state of SNS activation. Instruments are available in medical science to measure these parameters.

    Now we can assign numerical value to each parameter. Then put the value in the formula for S.Q. and see the result. We can show the calculation as mentioned below:

    S.Q.= P.D./S.D. = Σ X / Σ Y
    Where X=x1+x2+x3+ …….
    And Y=y1+y2+y3+…….

    During PSNS activation (P.D.), we assign ‘1’ to each parameter (x1+x2+x3+…..) and ‘0’ to each parameter (y1+y2+y3+…..). During SNS activation (S.D.), we assign ‘1’ to each parameter (y1+y2+y3+…) and ‘0’ to each parameter (x1+x2+x3+….).

    By putting the numerical value, thus achieved, in the above formula for S.Q. we can calculate the Spiritual Quotient of an individual.

  19. Ravi Kiran Maddali Says:

    Dear A. K. Satsangi:

    Please give me your personal email or address so that I can discuss many questions.



  20. Anirudh Kumar Satsangi Says:

    Dear R.K.Maddali

    Thank you very much for your willingness to discuss with me many questions. You are most welcome. You can discuss with me at my following address:

    Anirudh Kumar Satsangi
    Personal Assistant to Director
    Dayalbagh Educational Institute
    (Deemed University)
    Dayalbagh, Agra-282005

    Thank you once again for your interest shown in my work.

    Regards and very best wishes for a very happy and prospersous New Year 2010 to you and your family.


  21. Anirudh Kumar Satsangi Says:

    Dear Maddali

    my e-mail address is



  22. Anirudh Kumar Satsangi Says:

    Dear Sara

    I have also attempted to establish mathematical relationship for emotional quotient (E.Q.). This is now a recognized fact that for a successful career not only higher I.Q. is necessary but level of E.Q. also plays a greater role. Higher is the level of E.Q. greater is the achievement in life. I have defined emotional quotient as the product of wisdom (w) and I.Q. This relationship can be expressed mathematically as:
    E.Q. = w X I.Q.
    In this relationship ‘w’ indicates a person’s insight, power of judgment and ability to understand others. This can be assigned mathematical value in binary digits i.e. 0,1. Zero represent absence of these qualities and, ‘one’ represent presence of these qualities in fullness. If a person is devoid of these qualities, the E.Q. can be labeled as ‘zero’ OR ‘near about zero’. In such persons if the level of I.Q. is high, the person may become an autocrat. If a person possesses all the above qualities then E.Q. may be equal to I.Q. and such persons are truly democrat. Spiritually enlightened persons are also democrat. Evidently there is a greater correlation amongst I.Q., E.Q. and S.Q.. In fact S.Q. leverages both E.Q. and I.Q.

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