Title: Revisiting emotional intelligence: from the realms of ancient Indian wisdom

Authors: Nikhil K. Mehta

Addresses: National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Room No. 213, Academic Block, NITIE, Vihar Lake Road, Mumbai-400087 (MS), India

Abstract: The achievement of modern literature of psychology can be ascribed to the back-up it has acquired, from eastern philosophies. Considering this, I revisited emotional intelligence through the realms of Vedic literature. The objectives of the study were to draw a latent structure of emotional intelligence for students. Discriminant validity was determined to ensure usefulness of the test. The findings were discussed in light of the deontological prescriptions of Srimad Bhagavad Gita. Having the consideration that emotional intelligence is a culturally sensitive construct, the study explores the same in Indian milieu.

Keywords: Srimad Bhagavad Gita; emotional intelligence; Indian values; feelings; emotions; Sankhya philosophy; Samkhya philosophy; Purusha; Prakriti; Sthithaprajana; India; Eastern philosophies; Vedic literature; deontological prescriptions; deontology; culturally sensitive constructs; cultural sensitivity; wisdom; culture.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICBM.2015.066116

International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 2015 Vol.10 No.1, pp.42 - 59

Received: 20 May 2013
Accepted: 01 Sep 2013

Published online: 30 Apr 2015 *

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