Emotional Intelligence Profile 3

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The Emotional Intelligence Profile 3 (EIP3) questionnaire provides a detailed assessment of Emotional Intelligence (EI). The original form was originally developed in 2003 and was called the Individual Diagnostic Questionnaire (IDQ). It has subsequently been through various design iterations before the creation of its current form in 2017. The EIP3 has been designed for use in an occupational setting for either development and coaching or assessment and selection.

The theoretical foundation of the questionnaire is largely based on humanistic theories and models such as FIRO theory (Schutz, 1958), Transactional Analysis (Berne, 1964) and The Human Givens approach (Griffin & Tyrrell, 2001). It is also derived from the experience of practitioners working in personal development and coaching. The EIP3 is based on the premise that EI is founded on a set of attitudes, skills and habits that enable individuals to be effective, both personally and interpersonally. The logic is that EI is influenced by individuals’ attitudes, which in turn shape their feelings and are then manifested in behaviour. The EIP3 separates Emotional Intelligence into two components. These are personal intelligence and interpersonal intelligence. Personal intelligence relates to an understanding of self, whereas interpersonal intelligence relates to an understanding of others.  

The EIP3 comprises 158 items, which respondents answer using a five-point Likert scale, ranging from ‘strongly agree’ to ‘strongly disagree’. These items are then combined in different ways to produce a large array of different scales and scores. 

There are 11 Linear scales (each with 7 – 8 items per scale), 10 of which relate to attitudes, feelings and behaviours as follows:

Attitude Scales:

Self Regard

Regard for Others 


Feeling Scales:

Self Awareness

Awareness of Others


Behaviour Scales: 

Emotional Resilience

Personal Power

Goal Directedness


Connecting with Others



The remaining linear scale is ‘Reflective Learning’, a facet of Emotional Intelligence that is related to the two awareness scales.

There are also five Multi-scales, (each with 15 – 16 items in total, with 5 – 6 items per sub-scale): 

•Trust (Mistrusting, Carefully Trusting, Over Trusting)

•Balanced Outlook (Pessimistic, Realistically Optimistic, Over Optimistic)

•Emotional Expression and Control (Under Controlled, Free and in Charge, Over Controlled)

•Conflict Handling (Passive, Assertive, Aggressive)

•Interdependence (Dependent, Interdependent, Over Independent)

 These subscales reflect differentiated optimal and suboptimal behavioural approaches within a particular domain relevant to Emotional Intelligence.  For example, the Trust multi-scale is made up of the Carefully Trusting subscale (representing the optimal approach in terms of Emotional Intelligence) and Mistrusting and Over Trusting subscales (which represent suboptimal approaches).

Scales are also used in different combinations to provide a range of other scores. These are the Positive Perception and Central Tendency response styles, Competency Potential scores and Defensive Habit scores. 

The EIP3 is administered and scored online on PSI’s assessment platform, which is compatible with all major web browsers.  The assessment is also optimised for completion on mobile phones and can be administered through dedicated Android and Apple apps. The questionnaire should take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. 

Scoring is automatic and respondents can be assessed against one of thirteen different norms. Though the tool is designed to be appropriate for test takers aged 16 and above, it is primarily intended for use within the leadership and management population.  However, there are a range of norm groups to allow assessment of test takers in a variety of occupational settings and levels of seniority.  Nine reports are offered providing different levels of detail, some focused on coaching and development and others focused on assessment and selection.

Authors of Original Test

Jo Maddocks & Tim Sparrow 

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Work and Occupational

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