Type is fixed, Emotional Intelligence is changeable.
Myers Briggs Type Theory suggests that a person’s Type preferences do not change, although they can be enhanced or impeded by upbringing and the environment.
Emotional Intelligence, on the other hand, is comprised of a series of attitudes, habits, and skills which are acquired through experience and, therefore, can change.
Type is about preference; Emotional Intelligence is about competence.
Myers Briggs Type Theory provides a model for understanding individual differences based on how preferences are expressed. However, it does not suggest that any particular type is better nor more competent than another type.
Emotional Intelligence, on the other hand, emphasises a big difference between good and bad levels of Emotional Intelligence and the impact that these can have on relationship development and performance.
There are two main ways of considering the relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Myers Briggs Type.
- Type will influence the development of Emotional Intelligence
- Emotional Intelligence will influence the development of Type
These suggest that Type and Emotional Intelligence are interdependent. This interdependence means that Emotional Intelligence influences the effectiveness with which Type is expressed, and Type influences the ease with which different characteristics of Emotional Intelligence are learnt.