Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment (SEI)

SEI is unique in that it’s focused on the application of emotional intelligence, offering a process framework to put Emotional Intelligence into action. The toolset was developed by an international team and is used in over 150 countries, so has a global perspective (international and regional norms are available for scoring). The SEI also links EQ to real life; it includes two questionnaires, an assessment of current “success factors” (e.g., effectiveness and relationships) and the EQ measure; this puts EQ in the context of important work & life outcomes, providing the “so what?” to make EQ relevant.

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The SEI toolset includes multiple assessments, including several specialized questionnaires such as sales and change -- providing a comprehensive system for leveraging emotional intelligence. In the 20+ reports available, there are:

  • 1-page profiles ideal for training

  • In-depth reports for coaching and development

  • Personalized workbooks for in-depth courses

  • Aggregate / team reports

  • Action planning tools powered by the first artificial intelligence (AI) for EQ

  • API to integrate the SEI systems, including AI, into apps and web tools

SEI is available in 24+ languages, with the same model and scale for children and adults.

Additionally, there is a deep and wide range of programs and tools to support the use of the tool — books, training curricula, classroom programs, online learning, videos and hands-on tools.

SEI is based on the Six Seconds Model of Emotional Intelligence, which grew out of Self-Science (published in 1978 and described in Daniel Goleman’s 1995 book Emotional Intelligence). The model is a 3-step process for using emotional intelligence:

1. Notice emotions and reactions -- Know Yourself

2. Pause to respond intentionally -- Choose Yourself

3. Connect on purpose -- Give Yourself

Within these three steps are eight competencies:




Know Yourself

Enhance Emotional Literacy

Accurately identifying and interpreting both simple and compound feelings.

Recognize Patterns

Acknowledging frequently recurring reactions and behaviors.

Choose Yourself

Apply Consequential Thinking

Evaluating to predict the rational + emotional costs and benefits of choices.

Navigate Emotions

Assessing, harnessing, and transforming emotions as a strategic resource.

Engage Intrinsic Motivation

Gaining energy from personal values & commitments vs. being driven by external forces.

Exercise Optimism

Taking a proactive perspective of hope and possibility.

Give Yourself

Increase Empathy

Recognizing, connecting with, and appropriately responding to emotions.

Pursue Noble Goals

Connecting your daily choices with your overarching sense of purpose.

The assessment also measure four self-reported outcomes, each with two sub-components:

Effectiveness - Capacity to generate positive results

Relationships - Capacity to build and maintain strong interpersonal connections 

Quality of Life - Capacity to create true happiness from a life well lived 

Wellbeing - Capacity to maintain optimal energy and functioning


Basic Information

Versions / ages: Adult-self report ( ; Adult multi-rater (; Youth (7-18 years) self-report (; Youth-perspective (3-18 years) rater report (

Administration: Self-report and 360

Languages: Albanian, Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, English (UK), English (US), Finnish, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Slovene, Spanish, Spanish (ES), Turkish, Vietnamese (All 4 versions and 20+ reports are available in English, various of these are available in each language)

Qualification Level: Certification is required to administer the SEI tools; there is a brief training program (Brain Profiler Certification) for the Level A 1-page profiles and an in-depth training (EQ Assessor Certification) for the Level B full reports and analysis.


Many of these papers are available via our “lab” on Research Gate:

Dijk, C. F.-V., & Freedman, J. M. (2007). Differentiating emotional intelligence in leadership. Journal of Leadership Studies, 1(2), 8–20.

Mintle, L. S., Greer, C. F., & Russo, L. E. (2019). Longitudinal assessment of medical student emotional intelligence over preclinical training. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 119(4), 236–242.

Steinbock, E. (2019). Emotional intelligence competencies for success in early hospitality careers (Doctoral Dissertation). Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.

Stillman, P., Freedman, J. M., & Procicchiani, T. (2018b). Engaging for performance: Measuring change in a multi-dimensional leadership development program. Journal of Experiential Psychotherapy, 21(1), 34–45.

Stillman, Susan B., Stillman, P., Martinez, L., Freedman, J. M., Jensen, A. L., & Leet, C. (2018). Strengthening social emotional learning with student, teacher, and schoolwide assessments. Science Direct, 55(March-April 2018), 71–92. Retrieved from

Vyas, E. (2015). Relationship between healthcare leaders’ emotional intelligence and staff work engagement during transformational change: A correlational study (Doctoral dissertation). Capella University, United States — Minnesota. Retrieved from

Vyas, E., & Harris, M. (2017). Relationship between healthcare leaders’ emotional intelligence and staff work engagement during transformational change. International Journal of Strategic Management, 17(1).

Additional references on this bibliography:







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