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Lecture Theatre 4, Regent Street

By Dr K.V. Petrides, Department of Psychology, UCL

Trait emotional intelligence (trait EI or trait emotional self-efficacy) is a constellation of emotion-related self-perceptions located at the lower levels of personality hierarchies. Trait EI provides a scientific framework for the incorporation into mainstream differential psychology of the various notions that have been proposed under the labels of emotional, social, and personal ‘intelligence’. The talk will offer a brief introduction to the construct and the underlying research programme, reporting findings from numerous studies in occupational, educational, behavioral genetic, and clinical settings. We conclude that the natural home of the growing number of faux intelligences is within personality taxonomies and briefly discuss an extension of trait EI theory to accommodate the cognate concept of trait social intelligence.