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Title: The awareness and flexibility conjecture of emotional intelligence
Author: Bonus, Martin
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2007
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In this thesis a new conceptualisation of Emotional Intelligence (EI) is examined in a psychometric investigation and four laboratory experiments. The general premise behind the awareness and flexibility conjecture is that EI is more than simply a collection of skills. It is indeed a collection of skills, but this conjecture is that EI theory must also account for differences in how people use their skills, instead of simply examining individual differences in skill levels. EI is claimed to also comprise of differences in how aware people are of alternative solutions to emotion-laden situations and flexibility in adopting these different solutions. Five experiments were carried out to test the awareness and flexibility conjecture. One study was a psychometric investigation of factor structure differences between different sub-groups’ responses and four were lab-based physiological investigations. All studies were designed to test hypotheses generated based on current EI theory as well as hypotheses generated according to the conjecture and to determine which of the two used theories fared better. Results were less than transparent and although the methods used were sound, they did serve to simplify the affective response. Generally, the results failed to reject the null in favour of the predictions made based on existing EI theory or the conjecture, but these failures were the less frequent for the conjecture. These findings may have been due to the limited, specific operational definition of affect or the methodological choices made in these studies. Findings seem to indicate that neither current EI theory nor the conjecture make unequivocally accurate predictions. It was not possible to reject the null in favour of experimental hypotheses based on either theory with perfect reliability. However, of the two theories, the conjecture seems to make a greater number of accurate predictions.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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