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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00169

Improving Emotional Intelligence Through Personality Development: The Effect of the Smart Phone Application based Dharma Life Program on Emotional Intelligence

 Latha Poonamallee1*,  Alex M. Harrington2, Manisha Nagpal2 and Alec Musial2
  • 1School of Business and Economics, Michigan Technological University, United States
  • 2Dharma Life Sciences LLC, United States

Emotional intelligence is established to predict success in leadership effectiveness in various contexts and has been linked to personality factors. This paper introduces Dharma Life Program, a novel approach to improving emotional intelligence by targeting maladaptive personality traits and triggering neuroplasticity through the use of a smart-phone application and mentoring. The program uses neuroplasticity to enable users to create a more adaptive application of their maladaptive traits, thus improving their emotional intelligence. In this study 26 participants underwent the Dharma Life Program in a leadership development setting. We assessed their emotional and social intelligence before and after the Dharma Life Program intervention using the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI). The study found a significant improvement in the lowest three competencies and a significant improvement in almost all domains for the entire sample. Our findings suggest that the completion of the Dharma Life Program has a significant positive effect on Emotional and Social Competency scores and offers a new avenue for improving emotional intelligence competencies.

Keywords: Emotional Intelligence, Leadership development, Personality Development, Student Developmen, Neurosciences, neuroplasticity

Received: 04 Aug 2017; Accepted: 31 Jan 2018.

Edited by:

Con Stough, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

Reviewed by:

M. Teresa Anguera, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain
Lourdes Rey, University of Málaga, Spain  

Copyright: © 2018 Poonamallee, Harrington, Nagpal and Musial. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Latha Poonamallee, Michigan Technological University, School of Business and Economics, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, 49931, MI, United States,