Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Relationship Between Emotional Intelligence and Forgiveness
by Mugrage, Mark S., Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2014, 110; 3644002
Abstract (Summary)

Two of the main elements of a course in analytic psychotherapy are giving language to emotional affect and resolution of past resentments. Emotional intelligence is a field of psychology that promotes personal growth, empathy, self-awareness, and authentic feelings. In addition, many psychotherapists have begun to find value in the process of forgiveness interventions. Given that emotional intelligence and forgiveness are curative interventions in one's mental health, this study investigated the relationship between those two interventions.

The trait model of emotional intelligence is based on a definition of it that is subjective, and self-report will be the correct way for it to be measured. Traits refer to the tendency to do or not do something in a specific way. Forgiveness is a multidimensional phenomenon that involves a person's thoughts, actions, and feelings in which resentments toward a wrongdoer are decreased.

In this correlational study, the Trait emotional intelligence questionnaire-short form (TEIQue-SF) and the Enright forgiveness inventory (EFI) were administered online via the internet. A demographic questionnaire was administered to determine whether participants' ages and religious affiliations influenced the results. There were a total of 300 respondents, and 129 participants completed the survey. Two comparison groups were created using a median split of high and low emotional intelligence scores. The data was analyzed via analysis of variance (ANOVA). The results of this study did not provide evidence of a positively correlated relationship between emotional intelligence and forgiveness. However, the data did provide evidence of a relationship between the Well-being factor of the TEIQue-SF and subscales of the EFI. The finding that at least one factor of emotional intelligence and forgiveness were related is useful in the mental health field, as an individual can be trained to increase their emotional intelligence. Developing a study that focuses on the emotional intelligence component of well-being could offer therapists valuable information in how to treat those who struggle with the confusing world of emotions and the difficult process of overcoming resentments.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Webster, Terry L.
Commitee: Schultz, Donald
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 76/03(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology, Personality psychology
Keywords: Emotional intelligence, Forgiveness
Publication Number: 3644002
ISBN: 978-1-321-32033-6
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