The relationship between trait emotional intelligence and creativity across subject domains

M. J. Sánchez-Ruiz, D. Hernández-Torrano, J. C. Pérez-González, M. Batey, K. V. Petrides

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Abstract

This study investigated the association between two creativity indicators: Divergent Thinking (DT) and Creative Personality (CP), and key aspects of cognitive ability, personality (Big Five), and trait emotional intelligence (trait EI or trait emotional self-efficacy). The sample consisted of 175 Spanish undergraduates and recent graduates from three university subject domains: Technical & Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Arts. Cognitive ability was found to bear little relationship to either index of creativity. In contrast, strong relationships were demonstrated between personality traits, including trait EI, and creativity, some of which varied significantly across subject domains. Results suggest that future research will have to pay particular attention to individual differences in the affective parts of the personality realm that are comprehensively captured by the construct of trait EI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-473
Number of pages13
JournalMotivation and Emotion
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Emotional Intelligence
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Self Efficacy
Art
Individuality

Keywords

  • Big Five
  • Creative personality
  • Divergent thinking
  • Domain-specificity
  • TEIQue
  • Trait emotional self-efficacy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Social Psychology

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The relationship between trait emotional intelligence and creativity across subject domains. / Sánchez-Ruiz, M. J.; Hernández-Torrano, D.; Pérez-González, J. C.; Batey, M.; Petrides, K. V.

In: Motivation and Emotion, Vol. 35, No. 4, 12.2011, p. 461-473.

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Sánchez-Ruiz, M. J. ; Hernández-Torrano, D. ; Pérez-González, J. C. ; Batey, M. ; Petrides, K. V. / The relationship between trait emotional intelligence and creativity across subject domains. In: Motivation and Emotion. 2011 ; Vol. 35, No. 4. pp. 461-473.
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