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The relationship between emotional intelligence and psychological wellbeing

Abraham Carmeli (Graduate School of Business Administration, Bar‐Ilan University, Ramat‐Gan, Israel)
Meyrav Yitzhak‐Halevy (Graduate School of Business Administration, Bar‐Ilan University, Ramat‐Gan, Israel)
Jacob Weisberg (Graduate School of Business Administration, Bar‐Ilan University, Ramat‐Gan, Israel)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 16 January 2009

Abstract

Purpose

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).

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected from employees through two different structured surveys administered at two points in time.

Findings

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.

Originality/value

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.

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Citation

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

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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