Stress Tolerance – High and Low Attributes

Emotional Intelligence (Bar-On Model)

Stress Tolerance: Coping with stressful situations

Low level of Stress Tolerance

  • Emotions may get in the way of coping with stress
  • Less tolerant of stress and unpleasant things
  • May experience tension, anxiety, poor concentration, physiological symptoms or feelings of hopelessness when faced with stress
  • May over-commit on projects
  • Prefers to handle stress with others not alone

High level of Stress Tolerance

  • Uses a variety of coping strategies and mechanisms to deal with stress
  • Stays calm and maintains control under pressure
  • Manages emotions under stress
  • Resilient and able to remain composed when times get tough
  • Optimistic towards change and uncertainty

Stress Tolerance is a sub-scale of the Stress Management domain.


Flexibility – High and Low Attributes

Emotional Intelligence (Bar-On Model)

Flexibility: Adapting emotions, thoughts and behaviors

Low level of Flexibility

  • Values tradition and routine; sticks to old habits
  • Rigidity in thinking and behavior; strong perseverance
  • May be against change in general, or change in oneself
  • Focused on completing tasks
  • May be unable to deal with the emotions associated with change

High level of Flexibility

  • Open to change; views change as refreshing and necessary
  • Compliant attitude; adaptable
  • Rolls with the punches
  • May be bored with the status quo

Flexibility is a sub-scale of the Stress Management domain.


Impulse Control – High and Low Attributes

Emotional Intelligence (Bar-On Model)

Impulse Control: Resist or delay impulse to act

Low level of Impulse Control

  • Impulsive, impatient
  • Overactive
  • Passionate
  • Uses an act now, think later approach to making decisions; spontaneous
  • May respond in unpredictable ways to own emotions

High level of Impulse Control

  • Composed; calculative
  • Deliberate; surveys a situation before acting
  • Patient and calm; predictable behavior
  • Controls aggression; high tolerance for frustration
  • Avoids rash decision making
  • Resists the emotional pressure to act; patient
Impulse Control is a sub-scale of the Decision Making domain.

Reality Testing – High and Low Attributes

Emotional Intelligence (Bar-On Model)

Reality Testing: Objective; see things as they really are

Low level of Reality Testing

  • May not validate thoughts/emotions against objective data
  • Subjective; easily biased by emotions
  • Prefers abstract to concrete
  • Sets unrealistic goals
  • Creative
  • May see things the way one wishes they were and not what actually exists
  • May describe things accurately without adding meaning

High level of Reality Testing

  • Grounded; tuned-in to the situation at hand
  • Objective
  • Verifies one’s thoughts/emotions against other data
  • Makes sensible decisions; sets realistic goals

Reality Testing is a sub-scale of the Decision Making domain.


Problem Solving – High and Low Attributes

Emotional Intelligence (Bar-On Model)

Problem Solving: Find solutions when emotions are involved

Low level of Problem Solving

  • May be anxious or unable to get past the emotions involved in a problem
  • May not draw information from emotions in order to solve problems
  • Relies more on intuition rather than analysis
  • Sees the potential in numerous solutions
  • Overwhelmed with the responsibility of making a decision; may spend more time exploring options
  • Easily distracted by emotions
  • Focuses on tasks not people

High level of Problem Solving

  • Understands how to use emotions to solve problems
  • Maintains a clear focus on the problem at hand
  • Identifies problems readily; chooses the best solution from among many options
  • Gathers information and makes pro/con assessments
  • Focused demeanor

Problem Solving is a sub-scale of the Decision Making domain.