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Volume :35 Issue : 2 2007      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Are Emotionally Intelligent individuals Happier?

Auther : Othman H. AL-Kader- Huda Al-Fadly

The present study aimed to assess the possible relationship between Emotional Intelligence (IE) and Happiness. The study used the Arabic version of Oxford Happiness Inventory (OHI), the Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (EIQ), as well as the Emotional Intelligence Measure (EIM). The sample consisted of 153 male and 144 female Kuwaiti college students. Their mean age was 20.1 (SD=1.60). The results confirmed the positive and significant correlations between OHI and all total and sub-measures of both EI measures, which range between .23 and .64. Regression analysis showed that four sub-measures of EI explained 44.6% of the total variance in happiness. These are the following: Emotion Regulation, Personal Motivation, and Self-Awareness (of EIQ), as well as Assessing and Expression Emotion (of EIM). No sex differences were found in Happiness or with the total score of EIQ. However, significant differences were found between them in the total score of EIM and all its sub-measures, as well as two sub-measures of the EIQ, namely: Empathy and relationship skills, where females got significantly higher means than males. Considerable significant relationships were found among all measures of EI which confirmed the concurrent validity of these measures.

Key words: Sex differences, Self-awareness, Self-regulation, Self-emotional intelligence, Happiness, Motivation, Social skills.

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