Emotional intelligence and emotional creativity
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.
Journal of Personality
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Ivcevic, Z., Brackett, M. A. & Mayer, J. D. (2007). Emotional intelligence and emotional creativity. Journal of Personality, 75, 199-235. [Winner of the Mensa Education and Research Foundation 2007 Award for Excellence in Research to Zorana Ivcevic].