Predicting general well-being from emotional intelligence and three broad personality traits

Malika Singh, Stephen A. Woods

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This paper examined the joint predictive effects of trait emotional intelligence (trait-EI), Extraversion, Conscientiousness, and Neuroticism on 2 facets of general well-being and job satisfaction. An employed community sample of 123 individuals from the Indian subcontinent participated in the study, and completed measures of the five-factor model of personality, trait-EI, job satisfaction, and general well-being facets worn-out and up-tight. Trait-EI was related but distinct from the 3 personality variables. Trait-EI demonstrated the strongest correlation with job satisfaction, but predicted general well-being no better than Neuroticism. In regression analyses, trait-EI predicted between 6% and 9% additional variance in the well-being criteria, beyond the 3 personality traits. It was concluded that trait-EI may be useful in examining dispositional influences on psychological well-being.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)635-646
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Issue number3
Early online date21 Feb 2008
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008


  • joint predictive effects
  • trait emotional intelligence
  • etraversion
  • conscientiousness
  • neuroticism
  • well-being
  • job satisfaction


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