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Social Responsibility – High and Low Attributes

Emotional Intelligence (Bar-On Model)

Social Responsibility: Social consciousness; helpful

Low levels of Social Responsibility

  • More an individualist than a collectivist
  • More competitive than collaborative
  • Cut off from social groups/issues
  • May entertain antisocial attitudes
  • Selective on giving of time

High level of Social Responsibility

  • Interpersonally sensitive
  • Co-operative; contributing and concerned about the welfare of others
  • Upholds social rules/norms; responsible and dependable
  • Concern for the greater good/team/community
  • Gives of time freely

Social Responsibility is a sub-scale of the Interpersonal domain.

Charles Swindol

Empathy – High and Low Attributes

Emotional Intelligence (Bar-On Model)

Empathy: Understanding, appreciating how others feel

Low level of Empathy

  • May struggle to understand how others feel
  • May not recognize the impact one’s behavior has on others
  • Insensitive to the needs of others
  • Misreads/misinterprets others’ feelings
  • Logic and facts dictate; focused on the task
  • Values self-reliance

High level of Empathy

  • Aware of, and can appreciate the feelings of others
  • Caring; compassionate
  • Takes others into consideration before acting
  • Reads people well
  • Able to walk in somebody else’s shoes

Empathy is a sub-scale of the Interpersonal domain.


Interpersonal Relationships – High and Low Attributes

Emotional Intelligence (Bar-On Model)

Interpersonal Relationships: Mutually satisfying relationships

Low level of Interpersonal Relationships

  • Defensive, skeptical or closed to other people; private and introspective
  • May not build bonds that include mutual give and take
  • May be missing a network or resources to properly cope with demands
  • Relationships may lack depth, trust or compassion
  • Doesn’t share feelings

High level of Interpersonal Relationships

  • Invested in one’s relationships; maintains a healthy level of trust and compassion
  • Sociable and generally fun to be with
  • Looks at social change as positive
  • Builds authentic relationships and shares relevant information
  • Has a network to draw on for support when faced with challenges

Interpersonal Relationships is a sub-scale of the Interpersonal domain.

Booker T Washington

Independence – High and Low Attributes

Emotional Intelligence (Bar-On Model)

Independence: Self-directed; free from emotional dependency

Low level of Independence

  • More of a follower than a leader
  • Collaborative; prefers to work in teams
  • Needs reassurance and support from others
  • Relies heavily on others to make decisions; may skirt responsibility
  • Prefers direction on how to do one’s job; will consult with others

High level of Independence

  • Makes decisions on one’s own; emotionally independent from others
  • Works without direction or reassurance from others
  • Confident and self-determined
  • Directive, decisive and accountable

Independence is a sub-scale of the Self-Expression domain

Beverly Sills

Assertiveness – High and Low Attributes

Emotional Intelligence (Bar-On Model)

Assertiveness: Communicating feelings and beliefs; non-offensive

Low level of Assertiveness

  • Passive, may keep thoughts and opinions to oneself
  • May appear to be a team player although likely feels as if one’s voice is never heard
  • Willing to compromise and follow leadership
  • Values the ideas of others rather than their own
  • May appear withdrawn or unable to articulate needs

High level of Assertiveness

  • Expresses thoughts and ideas easily without offending others
  • Firm and direct when necessary
  • Views his or her own rights and the rights of others as sacred; stands up for rights when necessary
  • Defends rights in non-destructive manner; non-abusive
  • Pulls on emotions and convictions to take a definite stance
Assertiveness is a sub-scale of the Self-Expression domain