Dr. Goleman I was very interested in the response by as I am conducting research on EI, a topic I am entertaing with African American males and graduation rates. I do not want to go into detail, but the comment by E. Creach is on target. As a A/A female in higher education, I share the same concern about schooling and school drop-out rates among those cultures of a lower socio-economic class. I agree EI curriculum and EI professional development training among school administrators would be advantageous and incrase the graduation rate of A/A students.
I would be interested in attending some symposims, conferences and having some dialouge, please email me back. Thanks E. Creach for being on the same page
Konstantinos Vasilis Petrides ("K. V. Petrides") proposed a conceptual distinction between the ability based model and a trait based model of EI and has been developing the latter over many years in numerous publications.   Trait EI is "a constellation of emotional self-perceptions located at the lower levels of personality."  In lay terms, trait EI refers to an individual's self-perceptions of their emotional abilities. This definition of EI encompasses behavioral dispositions and self-perceived abilities and is measured by self report , as opposed to the ability based model which refers to actual abilities, which have proven highly resistant to scientific measurement. Trait EI should be investigated within a personality framework.  An alternative label for the same construct is trait emotional self-efficacy .