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Predicting General Well-Being From Emotional Intelligence and Three Broad Personality Traits

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  • Malika Singh,

    1. Institute of Work, Health, and Organizations
      University of Nottingham
      Nottingham, UK
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  • Stephen A. Woods

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    1. Institute of Work, Health, and Organizations
      University of Nottingham
      Nottingham, UK
      Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Stephen A. Woods, Institute of Work, Health, and Organizations (I-WHO), University of Nottingham, 8 William Lee Buildings, Nottingham Science and Technology Park, University Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 2RQ UK. E-mail: Stephen.woods@nottingham.ac.uk
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Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Stephen A. Woods, Institute of Work, Health, and Organizations (I-WHO), University of Nottingham, 8 William Lee Buildings, Nottingham Science and Technology Park, University Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 2RQ UK. E-mail: Stephen.woods@nottingham.ac.uk

Abstract

This paper examined the joint predictive effects of trait emotional intelligence (trait-EI), Extraversion, Conscientiousness, and Neuroticism on 2 facets of general well-being and job satisfaction. An employed community sample of 123 individuals from the Indian subcontinent participated in the study, and completed measures of the five-factor model of personality, trait-EI, job satisfaction, and general well-being facets worn-out and up-tight. Trait-EI was related but distinct from the 3 personality variables. Trait-EI demonstrated the strongest correlation with job satisfaction, but predicted general well-being no better than Neuroticism. In regression analyses, trait-EI predicted between 6% and 9% additional variance in the well-being criteria, beyond the 3 personality traits. It was concluded that trait-EI may be useful in examining dispositional influences on psychological well-being.

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