Emotional intelligence, in general, is one's ability to interpret and manage emotions. A number of key concepts, and their relationship to emotional intelligence, are important for understanding and defining giftedness. In his 1983 book Frames of Mind, Howard Gardner drew attention to the concept of “multiple intelligences,” which is critically relevant to a wide array of human functioning and performance, naming interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence as an integral part of this concept. In addition, Robert Sternberg suggested, when describing “practical intelligence” in 1985, that intelligent functioning revolves around the ability to solve complex problems efficiently, effectively, and economically. By combining these two concepts that are considered to be associated with emotional intelligence, emotional intelligence would appear to include a type of problem solving that uses ...

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