Learning Emotional Intelligence: An Exploratory Study in the Domain of Health

Authors


Paula C. Peter, Marketing Department, College of Business Administration, 5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA 92182-8239. E-mail: ppeter@mail.sdsu.edu

Abstract

This research examines the role of emotional intelligence (EI) on the adoption and maintenance of a healthy weight. We implemented an intervention over a 6-week period demonstrating that EI can be learned to promote the use of cognitive health knowledge in the adoption and maintenance of a healthy weight. Results suggest that improving EI reduces the negative impact of low EI on positive health outcomes, and promotes quality decision making related to health (i.e., reduced calorie intake).

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