SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Business Administration
Being Emotionally Intelligent: A Matter of Regulating Affect?
Abstract: The main purpose of the present study was to investigate
the extent that dimensions of emotional intelligence (EI) would explain
affect intensity. It was assumed that emotionally intelligent individuals
in similarity to under-aroused individuals tend to actively take action to
raise baseline physical arousal. The test of EI developed by Sjöberg (2001)
and the Affect Intensity Measure were administrered to 282 young adults.
Results revealed that affect intensity was explained to an important extent
by the dimension measuring emotional intelligence proper. This suggested
that knowledge about emotions, and how to regulate them, is related to
heightened reactivity to emotion-provoking stimuli, and that such knowledge
consequently becomes necessary for a more efficient regulation of emotional
Keywords: emotional intelligence; affect intensity; affect regulation; (follow links to similar papers)
8 pages, December 12, 2001
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