n South African Journal of Higher Education - Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and success in post-graduate studies : a pilot study

Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-3487



Emotional intelligence (EQ) is that part of the human spirit which motivates one to perform and provides the energy to demonstrate positive behaviours. For this pilot study the value of EQ for success in post-graduate studies was investigated. Of the 80 post-graduate students in education who completed the EQ-map questionnaire, a sample of ten were selected to represent two categories of academic success (n=5) and two categories of partial or no success (n=5). The EQ-profiles provide some indication that high responses at the optimal and proficient levels of most of the identified scales seem to differentiate between upper level successful and lower level unsuccessful students. Successful students appear to be strong on quality of life and optimal performance, while unsuccessful students have negative emotions. Most post-graduate students experience high levels of life pressures. It seems that EQ does have some value in securing success in post-graduate studies.

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