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      Emotional intelligence: new ability or eclectic traits?

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          Some individuals have a greater capacity than others to carry out sophisticated information processing about emotions and emotion-relevant stimuli and to use this information as a guide to thinking and behavior. The authors have termed this set of abilities emotional intelligence (EI). Since the introduction of the concept, however, a schism has developed in which some researchers focus on EI as a distinct group of mental abilities, and other researchers instead study an eclectic mix of positive traits such as happiness, self-esteem, and optimism. Clarifying what EI is and is not can help the field by better distinguishing research that is truly pertinent to EI from research that is not. EI--conceptualized as an ability--is an important variable both conceptually and empirically, and it shows incremental validity for predicting socially relevant outcomes.

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          Journal
          Am Psychol
          The American psychologist
          American Psychological Association (APA)
          0003-066X
          0003-066X
          Sep 2008
          : 63
          : 6
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Department of Psychology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824, USA. jack.mayer@unh.edu
          Article
          2008-12151-001
          10.1037/0003-066X.63.6.503
          18793038

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