We examine the relationship between the general factor of personality (GFP) and emotional intelligence (EI) and specifically test the hypothesis that the GFP is a social effectiveness factor overlapping conceptually with EI. Presented is an extensive meta-analysis in which the associations between the GFP, extracted from the Big Five dimensions, with various EI measures is examined. Based on a total sample of k = 142 data sources (N = 36,268) the 2 major findings from the meta-analysis were (a) a large overlap between the GFP and trait EI (r ≈ .85); and (b) a positive, but more moderate, correlation with ability EI (r ≈ .28). These findings show that high-GFP individuals score higher on trait and ability EI, supporting the notion that the GFP is a social effectiveness factor. The findings also suggest that the GFP is very similar, perhaps even synonymous, to trait EI.

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Keywords general factor of personality, emotional intelligence, meta-analysis, social effectiveness, trait EI
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1037/bul0000078, hdl.handle.net/1765/114050
Journal Psychological Bulletin
van der Linden, D, Pekaar, K.A, Bakker, A.B, J.A. Schermer (Julie Aitken), P.A. Vernon (Philip), Dunkel, C.S, & Petrides, K.V. (2017). Overlap Between the General Factor of Personality and Emotional Intelligence. Psychological Bulletin, 143(1), 36–52. doi:10.1037/bul0000078