« 12. Emotional intelligence survey: Six Seconds (SEI) »

Written by Rachel Green. Director, The Emotional Intelligence Institute. Author of "How to build your emotional resilience and manage your emotions" and accredited user of the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso-Emotional-Intelligence-Test (MSCEIT).

The Six Seconds (SEI) emotional intelligence survey is one of the many self-report emotional intelligence measures available.

I have included it here only because someone in one of my LinkedIn groups asked if anyone knew what it was.

The Six Seconds EI assessment is based on the Six Seconds emotional intelligence model which has three parameters:

  • Know yourself - be self-aware.
  • Choose yourself - act with intention.
  • Give yourself - connect your actions with your values.

I am not trained in the model but have completed the SEI recently. Joshua Freedman is one of the main people fronting the Six Seconds (SEI) emotional intelligence organisation.

What does the Six Seconds (SEI) EI survey cover?

It is a simple self-report survey, with just over 80 questions. Here are some sample questions from it:

  • I am able to use my imperfections in a way that’s helpful.
  • I know what makes me joyful.
  • I’m clear about my life’s purpose.
  • I can describe my own behaviour accurately.
  • I have low self-esteem.
  • When I commit to a goal, I know I will be successful.
  • I don’t get scared.
  • My will is strong enough to overcome any obstacle.

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How is the Six Seconds (SEI) EI survey scored?

Each item is rated on a 1-5 point scale:

  • I disagree 
  • Partially disagree 
  • Neither disagree nor agree 
  • Partially agree 
  • I agree.

What does the Six Seconds (SEI) EI survey measure?

I am not sure the Six Seconds (SEI) emotional intelligence self-report measure is simply measuring emotions, emotional knowledge or emotional intelligence.

It has a broader scope for its definition of emotional intelligence than either the Genos or the MSCEIT. I think of it as an EI+ measure.

As you can see it includes, for instance, questions related to goal achievement and to one's purpose in life. (It believes alignment with purpose brings happiness.)

It said on my results analysis that my three main strengths were:

  • Pursue noble goals.
  • Apply consequential thinking.
  • Enhance emotional literacy.

While the results are interesting it seems to measure items in addition to emotional intelligence, by my definition. However it may be popular because it is quick and easy to administer.

If you want a quick quiz on different aspects of your emotional intelligence we have at least three of them for you: Quick EI Quizzes.

Click here to find out how to take the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso-Emotional-Intelligence-Test (MSCEIT) and gain feedback on the results.

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