The Louvain Emotional Intelligence Training

(Mikolajczak, Nelis, Quoidbach et Kotsou)


The Emotional Intelligence Training is the product of more than 7 years of emotional intelligence research. It was developed by Mikolajczak, Nelis, Quoidbach and Kotsou in order to improve the five core emotional competences (i.e. identification, understanding, expression, regulation and use of emotions). It was validated in rigorously controlled studies (with both waiting lists and active control groups) with follow-ups after 6 months or 1 year to ensure the durability of the effects. The training proved efficient to increase trait EI, and to improve psychological, somatic and social adjustment. More information can be found in the validations papers below.

From the many studies conducted in our lab (most of them as yet unpublished master’s theses), we have observed that EI training seem to be effective for both women and men, both younger and older adults, both normally gifted as well as exceptionally gifted people, for both sub-clinical and non-clinical samples and for both psychosomatic as well as condition-free patients. In all these groups, people with the highest motivation to follow the training derived the largest the benefits of it. By contrast, our EI training was not effective for severely depressed in-patients or for unqualified workers from very low socio-economic backgrounds. In these two groups, people did not really adhere to the training (depressed people did not believe that it would help them get better; unqualified workers did not understand the usefulness of understanding and/or regulating emotions). Futures studies will have to determine if new versions of EI training could work better.

Validation papers:

Nelis, D., Kotsou, I., Quoidbach, J., Dupuis, P., Weytens, F., Hansenne, M., & Mikolajczak, M. (2011). Increasing emotional compétence improves psychological and physical well-being, social relationships and employability. Emotion, 11, 354-366 (download it here)

Kotsou, I., Grégoire, J., Nelis, D., & Mikolajczak, M. (2011). Emotional plasticity: conditions and effects of improving emotional competence in adulthood. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96, 827-839 (download it here)

More information about the Louvain Emotional Intelligence Training (structure, content, etc):

Mikolajczak, M., Kotsou, I. & Nelis, D. (2013). Efficient Programs To Improve Trait And Ability EI in Adults: Lessons Learned from the Louvain Emotional Competence Training. Working paper. (download it here)

Online version of the training available soon ! For more information contact me here.