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Chapter 38 - Intelligence and Creativity

from Part VIII - Intelligence in Relation to Allied Constructs


The first portion of this chapter reviews the concept of emotional intelligence. Some attention is paid to what is meant by the terms emotion, intelligence, and emotional intelligence. A distinction is drawn between models of emotional intelligence that focus on mental abilities and alternative models that, increasingly, are recognized as speaking more generally of personality. Measures of emotional intelligence are examined in the chapter's second section. Findings concerning what emotional intelligence predicts are the topic of the chapter's third section. There is an increasing call to weed out those conceptualizations that do not make sense to be called emotional intelligence. Alternatively, they can be transplanted in the soil of personality psychology, where they better belong. Current research suggests that mental ability models of emotional intelligence can be described as a standard intelligence, and they empirically meet the criteria for a standard intelligence.


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