25. Ability and Trait Emotional Intelligence

  1. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic1,
  2. Sophie von Stumm2 and
  3. Adrian Furnham3
  1. K. V. Petrides

Published Online: 12 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444343120.ch25

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Individual Differences

The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Individual Differences

How to Cite

Petrides, K. V. (2011) Ability and Trait Emotional Intelligence, in The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Individual Differences (eds T. Chamorro-Premuzic, S. von Stumm and A. Furnham), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444343120.ch25

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

  2. 2

    University of Chichester, UK

  3. 3

    University College London, UK

Author Information

  1. University College London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444334388

Online ISBN: 9781444343120



  • ability and trait emotional intelligence;
  • distal roots of emotional intelligence (EI) - concept of “social intelligence,” ability to understand and manage people, in human relations;
  • maximum-performance measurement - sine qua non for assessment of genuine intelligence;
  • operationalization of ability EI - problematic, subjectivity of emotional experience, undermining development of maximum-performance tests;
  • trait EI versus ability EI;
  • trait emotional intelligence - constellation of emotional self-perceptions, located at lower levels of personality hierarchies;
  • Trait emotional intelligence questionnaire (TEIQue) - explosion in trait EI measures, impression that construction of psychometrically sound instruments, being easy business;
  • sampling domain of trait EI in children;
  • applications of Trait Emotional Intelligence Trait EI research - expanding, data from children, adolescent, and adult samples with trait EI scores, predicting teacher and peer ratings of prosocial and antisocial behavior;
  • trait EI theory in organizational, clinical, health, educational - and social settings


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • History and Background

  • Problems with Ability EI: Why Emotional Intelligence Is Not a Real Intelligence

  • Trait Emotional Intelligence

  • Applications of Trait Emotional Intelligence

  • Experimental Studies in Trait EI

  • References