The 9 Best EQ Courses but Where is Temperament?

My Google Emotional Intelligence feed recently sent me this blog by Allison Martin: Best Emotional Intelligence Training Courses.  The blog lists information about nine courses about emotional intelligence.  The list includes lecturers from such esteemed suppliers as the University of Maryland, Case Western Reserve University and the Indian School of Business.

What I found interesting is that none of the blurbs for the nine courses included any mention of temperament.  The article really sums up much of the zeitgeist about emotional intelligence discussion and research.  The problem with this model is that it says it is the transient emotions that are important.

I disagree. I believe that what is essential in lifting your Emotional Intelligence is an understanding of temperament, which is that part of the personality that is genetically based and is what determines our habitual emotional responses. Unlike emotions, feeling and moods temperament lasts longer than minutes, hours or days; it lasts a lifetime.

My core belief is that “People Drive Performance, Emotions Drive People; Temperament Drives Emotions”.  If you want to lift your emotional intelligence you need to use a model of temperament that is practical, easy-to-use, and scientifically valid.

The model that I have found best at explaining temperament is the 7MTF or Seven Motivational Temperament Factors. This model says we are all slightly insane and as I get older, I am more and more relaxed about this hypothesis. The model also says we have seven core emotional drives based on the seven most common forms of insanity.

If you want to learn more about the 7MTF watch this short 4-minute explainer video.  If that awakens your appetite to lift your EQ this online-video course: Introduction to Practical Emotional Intelligence: The 7MTF is now available.

There was a very useful list in the blog What Makes an Emotional Intelligence Training Course Great?  The author suggested three criteria against which I have matched the above course:

Led by a Subject-Matter Expert

Is the course facilitator a subject-matter expert? Do they have experience using emotional intelligence in the field?

I have been interested and practising emotional intelligence since I first learnt the Humm-Wadsworth in early 1974.  I used in sales for seven years and management for 30 particularly as a Chairman and Director of some 30 Public and Private companies.  Some 10,000 people have completed workshops using the 7MTF intellectual property.


It is best if the course you choose that allows you to work at your own pace.

Yes, it does.


Allison Martin suggests a price range US$0-199.  At A$99 Introduction to Practical Emotional Intelligence: The 7MTF is comfortably within the range.

This blog was first posted in LinkedIn on 4 August 2020.


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