Steve Hein's EI Home Page


July 2012 note -- This is a very old page which has not been updated....


Reviews of Other EI Sites

I have tried to keep up with sites claiming they are about EI, but this has proven to be harder than I thought! So here are just a few notes on a few sites which were ranked highly by google the last time I updated this page.

I've also kept a few older reviews of other sites, but I don't claim to be keeping these reviews current. I once tried to group the sites into 3 categories: Those I think are worth visiting, those that aren't, those in between and those that are blatantly misleading.

I base this on my assumption you want helpful, free information, rather than sites whose main goal is to sell you something.


Also see: Academic Sites

November 2000 note:

A few sites I recently discovered, or have not formally reviewed: - good overview of EI; uses a lot of my work- so much it is almost redundant if you know my site well. - mostly about EI tests. Both commercial and informational.

Some of the top sites according to and google

EI Consortium ( Originally was heavily based on the work of Daniel Goleman since he is one of the founders of it but now is offering a little better balance of information. Mostly commercial. Has some organizational research you can download and links to various emotion related tests. Is kept up to date and has a good reference list page. Administered by Rutgers University.

June 2001 note: the site recently dropped their link to my site, evidently feeling threatened by my criticism of Goleman. -- A lot of old academic references created by a Ph.D. student at Cornell in 1996. Not really much about emotional intelligence. Hasn't been updated since 1996, so I am not sure what people are using it for, unless it is college students writing papers. Is probably still linked to a lot of sites since it was one of the first sites on "Emotional Intelligence" - but it was based on Goleman's book, not on Mayer and Salovey's work. A related site by the same student has a good general discussion of tests, with definitions of valitidy, reliability etc. But keep in mind it has not been updated since 1996.=> - This is just a 12 question "EQ quiz." I think the main reason people are looking at this is because of the little EQ quiz Daniel Goleman made up for the magazine and because when his book came out it was linked to a lot of sites. Since then Goleman has admitted it was never intended to be a serious test of EI, but a lot of sites are still linking to it and calling it an emotional intelligence test. I found the quiz had very little to do with either EI as defined academically or EQ as I define it. Here are my comments on this quiz. -(old review- this site has been changed taken over by Six Seconds and changed since this review) Mostly commercial, but has an interesting collection of short articles. Most of them seem to be a bit of a mini-advertisement for the people who wrote them. These include some big names in the New Age world, like John Gray and Deepak Chopra. (Short article on Chopra's deficit) Has an interesting article that Goleman wrote on emotional literacy for schools just before his book came out. His 1995 book, was originally going to be titled "Emotional Literacy" in fact, according to an EMONET posting.

Six Seconds - Last review: Feb 2002

I have criticized this site pretty harshly in the past because it seems to stretch the definition of a non-profit site in its commercial orientation, but I am feeling less critical of it these days, partly because I am feeling less critical in general and also because the director, Josh Freedman strikes me as a very open, genuine, well-meaning person. My main concern is that with so much promtional information on the site and with so many graphics it is hard to get to the useful information.

I am also concerned that he is not following the Mayer-Salovey model of EI and that he has defined and presented EI in his own way. He defines EI as "the capacity to create positive outcomes in your relationships with others and with yourself." This definition adds to the confusion about EI rather than helping clarify it, and it diminishes the value of emotional intelligence as an intelligence. If he were to it emotional literacy or social emotional learning, I would feel better.

Six Seconds is also very active in trying to workshops and conferences related to emotional literacy, SEL and EI. - Links to lots of mostly silly online tests, like a "New Age IQ test" A page from the Six Seconds group mentioned above. Almost no helpful info for parents that I could see. Basically more advertisements and self-promotion. A site with a lot of miscellaneous stuff about intelligence, designed for Mensa members. I could only find one reference to emotions and that was a link to the old Utne reader quiz.

Extra commentary: As I reviewed all these sites I came to the conclusion that there just isn't much of value about EI on the net. Most of it is advertising disguised as helpful information. This is a very sad reflection on the way people have chosen to use this powerful resource. But, on a more hopeful note, perhaps my site will serve as a model for some of the other sites. I encourage you to contact other sites with your feedback if you agree with me.


Sites worth visiting Site of David Caruso, one of the developers of the MEIS and MSCEIT emotional intelligence test and a close associate of Jack Mayer and Peter Salovey. A nice balance of personal comments, practical information and commercial material.

Site of Patrick Merlevede from Belgium. In English, French and Dutch. Has a lot of Patrick's own writing on EI and a wide range of subjects. A bit commercial, but lots of stuff to read. Directed towards business applications. Updated frequently. Heavily based on NLP.

Has the best on line EQ type test I have seen. Has lots and lots of other psychology related information. An interesting site with sex surveys and other temptations to lure you in so you forget what you came for!

A list of EI related sites compiled by a professor of English literature, Jerry Bump, at the U of Texas Austin. Jerry has done a lot of work with emotions in his own life and he incorporates experiential emotional intelligence exercises in his English literature courses. Also has some papers on EI (mostly as Goleman defines it) written by his students. I met Jerry in 1999 and typed up these notes. Included are notes on his experience when he tried to create a new course focussing on the students' emotions and ran into political and turf issues which ended in his course be dropped by his department.

A full text version of the 1995 Time Magazine article which is probably most responsible for the world-wide awareness of emotional intelligence. Looking back it seems to have been a bit sensational and it also contains at least one factual error when it gives credit to Peter Salovey and John for "coining the term" emotional intelligence. (Salovey and Mayer have tried to clear up this error by publicly refuting Time's statement.) Yet, it is interesting reading and certainly interesting from a historical perspective.

Full text of article about teaching EQ in schools from Time magazine. Title "Teaching Feelings 101". Subtitle: "Spurred by a best selling book, many schools aim to raise emotional intelligence. It may be working." (1997)

Four very well written articles from New Scientist. Written with British wit and cynicism. The most interesting one to me was the one about fake smiles.

Site of the Public Service Commission of Canada. Written for Human Resource Managers in particular, it is overall one of the best summaries I have seen of the entire history of the term emotional intelligence. It is a bit outdated, since it was written in 1999, but still very much on track. A site on emotional literacy programs in the UK by a group in England advocating a national emotional literacy program in the schools. They are defining emotional literacy much broader than how I define it on my site. They define it closer to a combination of emotional intelligence development, and social and emotional skills or competencies and character education. This is preferable, though, to calling it all emotional intelligence, as many have done. Claude Steiner's Full Text On Line book on Emotional Literacy

I first heard of Claude Steiner when I found a book on Radical Psychiatry. I agreed with much in the book. I have read the full text of his latest book on emotional literacy, but it looks interesting and worth reading so far. His writing is very personal and I felt touched by much of what he said. In several ways our lives have run similar courses. I admire Steiner for disclosing so much of his own life and for putting the entire book online. I encourage other writers to do likewise. Some concerns I have are: A little too much emphasis on "love" and "Opening the Heart" and other terms which remind me of new age literature and "spirituality." To me love is too overused already. I believe it is more helpful to talk about specific emotional needs and more specific feelings, such as those I have listed on my human emotional needs page. And I prefer to use the word term amygdala for the center of our emotions rather than "heart" since I believe heart is also overused and has too many associations with it. I contend that many writers use the words love and heart to emotionally manipulate their readers, whether they consciously intend to do this or not. I am not accusing Cluade of this, but I just wanted to mention my general concerns with such terms. If time permits I plan to read more of the book.


Sites somewhere in between

Site of Geetu Bharwaney's consulting practice in England. It is a commercial site where she promotes her services, including workshops and certification courses, to businesses and schools, but it also has a few articles of interest. Geetu keeps up to date on what is happening in both the academic and non-academic worlds of EI and blends the various approaches to EI and EQ, including my own work with that of Bar-On, Goleman, and Mayer/Salovey and Caruso. From my correspondence with her, Geetu seems to be a real person, one who I could recommend working with. I don't want this to sound like an ad, though, so I will stop there! To balance my review, I will add that I would like to see her share more of her work through the Internet for the benefit of those around the world who can't work directly with her organization.

Has one well written article- a commentary on the importance of EI in schools. Another article by the same author, though, suggests prayer is superior to emotional intelligence, a view I definitely do not endorse.

A personal list of EI related sites compiled by a Harvard college student. Many of the sites are just single articles about EI for the mass market.

They have an old interview with Goleman and their quiz mentioned above.

Very simple 30 question on-line test. Answers are pretty obvious, but good guidelines. Doesn't score itself, you have to do the math. -- Mostly a big ad for Reuvon Bar-On's writings, services, etc. and for something called "EQ University" which seems to be selling online courses. Has some research findings, but these also sound a bit like advertisements. Reuvon is now kind of a big name in EQ/EI so it is worth at least taking a look. Again, I would like to see him offer more than what he has done so far.

Sites to skip

eqparenting. com - One big advertisement for the products of Maurice Elias and his friends. Originally it was an ad for a book called Emotionally Intelligent Parenting by Elias and others. After seeing the site I originally wrote: "I have not read the book, but judging from the website, the authors seem more interested in money than children" After reading much of the book I stand by this original statement. For my detailed review of the book, as well as my comments on the lead author, Maurice Elias, see I haven't read his book on teenagers yet, but intend to review it later.

Misleading Sites

I am considering trying to identify sites which are especially misleading. Here is one example: This site claims Stephen Simmons has been testing EI for 25 years! It also promotes its own list of "the 13 key areas of emotional intelligence." It is unclear how they came up with these 13 areas.

These are the kinds of things which are hurting the credibility of entire field. Remember that if anyone tries to tell you they have been doing anything with emotional intelligence since before 1990, they are trying to deceive you -- it wasn't even defined before then!