Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Spring 2023

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School




Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

First Advisor

John D. Mayer


The concept of personal intelligence (PI) refers to an individual's capacity to accurately reason about personality and personality-related information in themselves and others (Mayer, 2008). Understanding personal intelligence has various practical applications, including the workplace, where it has been shown that individuals with higher PI exhibit lower levels of counterproductive work behavior and perceive their work environments as more supportive (Mayer et al., 2018). In a recent study by Peters and colleagues (2021), participants were asked to describe their interactions with difficult coworkers, and their sophistication in the narratives was evaluated by judges. The study found that there was a positive correlation between sophistication and personal intelligence (r = .43, p < .001) (Munro, 2022), suggesting that personal intelligence is detectable in employees. Munro's findings were consistent with Peters et al. (2021), further supporting the notion that personal intelligence is discernible in employees and linked to the construct of personal intelligence. The present study broadens the scope of Munro's sample, augmenting it with an expanded cohort, and introduces refined analyses of the dataset.