The Levels of Emotional Awareness Scale (LEAS) is a performance measure that assesses emotional awareness within a cognitive-developmental framework. Structurally parallel to Piaget's stages of cognitive development, this model holds that awareness of one's own and others' emotions progresses in a hierarchically ascending order of 1) physical sensations; 2) action tendencies; 3) single emotions; 4) blends of emotion; and 5) blends of blends of emotion. The scale poses evocative interpersonal situations and elicits descriptions of the emotional responses of self and others which are scored using specific structural criteria.
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