John D. Mayer

John D. Mayer ( born December 6, 1953) is an American psychologist. Fame he owes his research in the field of emotional intelligence. Together with Peter Salovey Mayer has developed this concept in the 1990s.

Life and work

After studying at the University of Michigan Mayer earned his doctorate at Case Western Reserve University and worked as a post-doctoral researcher then at Stanford University. In a published essay in 1990 ( Perceiving affective content in ambiguous visual stimuli ), he pointed for the first time on how emotional intelligence can be operationalized and measured, and formulated in the same year a first formal theory of emotional intelligence (Emotional Intelligence ). Among his outstanding achievements include the co-development of the Mayer- Salovey - Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test ( MSCEIT ), a scientific instrument with which emotional intelligence can be measured similar to the linguistic and mathematical- logical intelligence. Mayer's insights were popularized by Daniel Goleman's book shortly after EQ. Emotional Intelligence.

Another area of ​​research on which Mayer works, is the systemic personality psychology. Here he has, inter alia, excited by the proposal attention, introduce destructive for politicians personalities such as Adolf Hitler, a special psychiatric category: a Dangerous Leader Disorder. Mayer teaches and works at the University of New Hampshire.

Publications (selection)

Emotional Intelligence

  • With Maria DiPaolo and Peter Salovey: Perceiving affective content in ambiguous visual stimuli: A component of emotional intelligence. In: Journal of Personality Assessment. Volume 54, 1990, pp. 772-781.
  • With Peter Salovey: The intelligence of emotional intelligence. In: Intelligence. Volume 17, Issue 4, 1993, pp. 433-442.
  • With Peter Salovey: Emotional intelligence and the construction and regulation of feelings. In: Applied and Preventive Psychology. Volume 4, 1995, pp. 197-208.
  • Peter Salovey, Susan L. Goldman, Carolyn Turvay and Tibor P. Palfai: Emotional attention, clarity, and repair: Exploring emotional intelligence using the Trait Meta - Mood Scale. In: JW Pennebaker (Ed.): Emotion, disclosure, and health. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC 1995, pp. 125-154.
  • With Peter Salovey: What is emotional intelligence? In: Peter Salovey, D. Sluyter (Eds. ) Emotional Development and Emotional Intelligence: Implications for Educators. Basic Books, New York 1997, pp. 3-31.
  • Casey D. Cobb: Emotional intelligence: What the research says. In: Educational Leadership. Volume 58, 2000, pp. 14-18.
  • David R. Caruso: The Effective Leader: Understanding and applying emotional intelligence. In: Ivey Business Journal. Volume 67, 2002, pp. 1-6.
  • Be realistic. In: Harvard Business Review. Volume 82, 2004, p 28

Personality Psychology

  • The emotional madness of the dangerous leader. In: Journal of Psychohistory. Volume 20, 1993, pp. 331-348.
  • Personality: A Systems Approach. Allyn & Bacon, 2006, ISBN 0-205-38914-7.