Emotional Comprehension Inventory — DECI

The Emotional Comprehension Inventory measures 11 predominant characteristics central to emotional comprehension.
Estimated time

5-10 minutes

Number of questions


Cost (commercial)

2 tokens

Cost (individual)

CAD $20.00

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General description

Individuals with high emotional comprehension will typically be self-aware of their emotions and how they affect others, will self-regulate their emotions to control their impulses, will pursue goals for personal reasons over rewards, will be empathic, will display high levels of social skills, and overall will be considered top performers. The DECI was developed by examining the common personality traits found in individuals with high emotional comprehension/literacy. It focuses on traits central to emotional intelligence, which is considered important to establish genuine personal and professional relationships with others.

Employees with high emotional comprehension typically work better as a team, are able to adjust to change and are flexible. A large survey supports that 71% of hiring managers said they valued an employee's emotional intelligence over their I.Q. A further 59% reported that they would not hire an exceptionally intelligent individual with low emotional intelligence.

Further reports highlight the positive relationship between high levels of emotional comprehension and high levels of wellbeing, happiness, positive attitudes and work conflict prevention and resolution.


An investigation reported that 90% of top performers are high in emotional comprehension, but only 20% of bottom performers are high in emotional comprehension.

List of emotional comprehension traits measured by the DECI


Emotional Composure





Empathy & Integrity

Cognitive Empathy


Behavioral Inhibition

Accepting Support

Data in brief

The Emotional Comprehension Inventory has been associated with the following characteristics:
  • Adaptive traits
  • Positivity
  • Perspective-taking abilities
  • Empathy
  • Emotional control
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress resilience
  • Anxiety resilience
  • Agreeableness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Openness
  • Satisfaction with life
  • Cooperation
  • Positive attitudes
  • Fairness
  • Personal growth
  • Productive behaviors
  • Happiness
  • Work satisfaction
  • Self-perceived success

Did you know that self-regulation and self-awareness are also components of emotional intelligence?

Usage of online assessments









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Benefits of psychometric tests

The usage of psychometric assessments has gained considerable popularity over the years in the HR process, mostly due to their versatility, efficiency, and affordability. Several companies have also started using psychometric assessments due to their numerous benefits, such as:

  • More reliable and less risky decisions
  • Predictor of performance
  • Fairer decisions
  • Defendable decisions based on empirical data
  • Faster decisions


Commonly asked questions.

The Emotional Comprehension Inventory costs 2 tokens per candidate. Please visit our pricing page for more information.

Questionnaires assessing personality features are not timed and the questions are easily answered using a "Strongly Disagree" to "Strongly Agree" scale. Although there is no time limit, we suggest test takers choose their answers based on their first instinct and do not over-think their answer.

All our tests are offered in English, and most of them have an official translation in French. Please contact us if you would like a translated version of our tests.

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