Theory suggests that highly emotionally intelligent individuals are likely to experience psychological wellbeing at a higher level than individuals who are low in emotional intelligence. This study aims to examine the relationship between emotional intelligence and four aspects of psychological wellbeing (self‐acceptance, life satisfaction, somatic complaints and self‐esteem).
Data were collected from employees through two different structured surveys administered at two points in time.
The results of four hierarchical regression models provide, in general, support for the positive association between emotional intelligence and psychological wellbeing components – self‐esteem, life satisfaction, and self‐acceptance. Only marginal significant support was found for the negative relationship between emotional intelligence and somatic complaints.
The present study contributes to a growing body of literature seeking to determine the role of emotional intelligence in explaining individuals' wellbeing at work. In addition, the study indicates that employees who experience a psychological state of wellbeing may function better than employees who experience emotional deficit.
Carmeli, A., Yitzhak‐Halevy, M. and Weisberg, J. (2009), "The relationship between emotional intelligence and psychological wellbeing", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 24 No. 1, pp. 66-78. https://doi.org/10.1108/02683940910922546
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