Overlap Between the General Factor of Personality and Trait Emotional Intelligence: A Genetic Correlation Study

Dimitri van der Linden, Julie A. Schermer, Eveline de Zeeuw, Curtis S. Dunkel, Keri A. Pekaar, Arnold B. Bakker, Philip A. Vernon, K. V. Petrides

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Abstract

A previous meta-analysis (Van der Linden et al., Psychol Bull 143:36–52, 2017) showed that the General Factor of Personality (GFP) overlaps with ability as well as trait emotional intelligence (EI). The correlation between trait EI and the GFP was so high (ρ = 0.88) in that meta-analysis that these two may be considered virtually identical constructs. The present study builds on these findings by examining whether the strong phenotypic correlation between the GFP and trait EI has a genetic component. In a sample of monozygotic and dizygotic twins, the heritability estimates for the GFP and trait EI were 53 and 45%, respectively. Moreover, there was a strong genetic correlation of r =.90 between the GFP and trait EI. Additional analyses suggested that a substantial proportion of the genetic correlations reflects non-additive genetic effects (e.g., dominance and epistasis). These findings are discussed in light of evolutionary accounts of the GFP.

LanguageEnglish
Pages147-154
Number of pages8
JournalBehavior Genetics
Volume48
Issue number2
Early online date20 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

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Emotional Intelligence
meta-analysis
genetic correlation
Personality
epistasis
phenotypic correlation
dominance (genetics)
bulls
heritability
Meta-Analysis
Dizygotic Twins
Aptitude
Monozygotic Twins
sampling

Keywords

  • General factor of personality
  • Genetic correlation
  • Heritability
  • TEIQue
  • Trait emotional intelligence
  • Twins

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van der Linden, D., Schermer, J. A., de Zeeuw, E., Dunkel, C. S., Pekaar, K. A., Bakker, A. B., ... Petrides, K. V. (2018). Overlap Between the General Factor of Personality and Trait Emotional Intelligence: A Genetic Correlation Study. Behavior Genetics, 48(2), 147-154. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10519-017-9885-8
van der Linden, Dimitri ; Schermer, Julie A. ; de Zeeuw, Eveline ; Dunkel, Curtis S. ; Pekaar, Keri A. ; Bakker, Arnold B. ; Vernon, Philip A. ; Petrides, K. V. / Overlap Between the General Factor of Personality and Trait Emotional Intelligence: A Genetic Correlation Study. In: Behavior Genetics. 2018 ; Vol. 48, No. 2. pp. 147-154.
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van der Linden, D, Schermer, JA, de Zeeuw, E, Dunkel, CS, Pekaar, KA, Bakker, AB, Vernon, PA & Petrides, KV 2018, 'Overlap Between the General Factor of Personality and Trait Emotional Intelligence: A Genetic Correlation Study', Behavior Genetics, vol. 48, no. 2, pp. 147-154. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10519-017-9885-8

Overlap Between the General Factor of Personality and Trait Emotional Intelligence: A Genetic Correlation Study. / van der Linden, Dimitri; Schermer, Julie A.; de Zeeuw, Eveline; Dunkel, Curtis S.; Pekaar, Keri A.; Bakker, Arnold B.; Vernon, Philip A.; Petrides, K. V.

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