Q: I am currently doing a research on Howard Gardner’s multiple intelligences and I hope to ask if you feel that the identification of Intrapersonal and Interpersonal Intelligences in Gardner’s theory is, in essence, Emotional Intelligence?
A: Yes. When I wrote Emotional Intelligence, I was building on Howard Gardner’s model of multiple intelligence. As I noted in the book, my model of emotional intelligence unpacks what Gardner calls the “intrapersonal” and “interpersonal” intelligences. In my theory, self-awareness and self-regulation are the intrapersonal abilities, and empathy and social skill the interpersonal.