Emotional Intelligence and Emotional Creativity


  • Zorana Ivcevic and John D. Mayer, Department of Psychology, University of New Hampshire; Marc A. Brackett, Department of Psychology, Yale University.

  • The authors gratefully acknowledge the contributions of Rebecca Warner, who has commented on earlier drafts of the article. We would also like to thank Kimberly Mayer, who assisted in scoring tests of creative ability.

All correspondence regarding this manuscript can be directed to: Zorana Ivcevic, Department of Psychology, Conant Hall, 10 Library Way, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824. E-mail: zivcevic@unh.edu.


ABSTRACT Three studies examined the relationship between emotional intelligence (EI) and emotional creativity (EC) and whether each construct was predictive of creative behavior. It was hypothesized that the relationship between EI and EC corresponds to the relationship between cognitive intelligence and creative ability. Therefore, EI and EC were expected to be two distinct sets of abilities. Intercorrelations and confirmatory factor analyses supported the hypothesis. Furthermore, it was hypothesized that EC, but not EI, would correlate with behavioral creativity. Self-report measures of EC significantly correlated with laboratory and self-reported creativity measures in both studies, while ability measures of EC only correlated with self-reported artistic activity. EI was uncorrelated with creative behavior.