The relationship of Emotional Intelligence with Academic Intelligence and the Big Five

K.I. Van der Zee*, Melanie Thijs, Lolle Schakel

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Abstract

The present study examines the relationship of self- and other ratings of emotional intelligence with academic intelligence and personality, as well as the incremental validity of emotional intelligence beyond academic intelligence and personality in predicting academic and social success. A sample of 116 students filled in measures for emotional and academic intelligence, the Big Five, and indicators of social and academic success. Moreover, other ratings were obtained from four different raters on emotional intelligence and social success. Factor analysis revealed three emotional intelligence dimensions that were labelled as 'Empathy', 'Autonomy', and 'Emotional Control'. Little evidence was found for a relationship between emotional and academic intelligence. Academic intelligence was low and inconsistently related to emotional intelligence, revealing both negative and positive interrelations. Strong relationships were found of the emotional intelligence dimensions with the Big Five, particularly with Extraversion and Emotional Stability. Interestingly, the emotional intelligence dimensions were able to predict both academic and social success above traditional indicators of academic intelligence and personality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-125
Number of pages23
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2002

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