Motivating Emotional Intelligence: A Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory (RST) Perspective

Corr, P. J. & Bacon, A. (2017). Motivating Emotional Intelligence: A Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory (RST) Perspective. Motivation and Emotion, 41(2), pp. 254-264. doi: 10.1007/s11031-017-9602-1

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Abstract

Trait emotional intelligence (trait EI) is generally associated with positive outcomes and can inform clinical and social interventions. We investigated the sub-factors of trait EI: Wellbeing, Self-control, Emotionality, and Sociability, in the context of the Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory (RST) of motivation. In Study 1, participants (N = 247) completed Carver and White’s (1994) BIS/BAS scales and a measure of trait EI. All EI sub-factors were positively associated with BAS Drive and negatively with BIS. Study 2 (N = 382) employed a new questionnaire based on revised RST (Corr & Cooper, 2016). All trait EI factors were positively associated with BAS Goal-Drive Persistence and Reward Interest, and negatively with the BIS. Self-control showed negative associations with BAS Impulsivity and was the only factor not to correlate with BAS Reward Reactivity. Results suggest that high trait EI individuals are goal driven, sensitive to reward and lower in avoidance motivation and negative emotion. This motivational basis to trait EI further explicates its structure.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11031-017-9602-1.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trait emotional intelligence; revised reinforcement sensitivity theory; motivation; BIS/BAS; RST-PQ; TEIQue
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Psychology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/16256

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