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The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights by Daniel Goleman

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Gender Differences

There are many studies of gender differences in EI, but to sum them up, women on average tend to have better emotional intelligence scores than men -- but this is only on average, and there's conflicting data on this.

A caveat: when you're talking about gender differences in the behavioral domain you’re speaking about largely overlapping bell curves of ability. For example, one ability women consistently show an advantage in is emotional empathy – but this does not mean that a given man can't be as emotionally empathic as the most empathic woman. The abilities that tend to be greater in men often have to do with emotional self-mastery – but, again, this does not mean that a woman can't be as emotionally self-regulated as the ...

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