Sophia Nizielski and Heiner Rindermann (2016)
Journal of Individual Differences
There is a persistent discussion on the overlap between emotional intelligence and personality. This article focuses on relations between the Big Five and emotional competence (EC; comprising the perceived abilities to recognize own and others’ emotions, regulate own emotions, and express emotions). In a sample of 92 apprentices and working persons, EC was assessed by self- and external-ratings, using the Emotionale-Kompetenz-Fragebogen (EKF; Rindermann, 2009). The Big Five were measured with a German version of the NEO-FFI (Borkenau & Ostendorf, 1993) by self- and other-reports. Using different measurement approaches to both constructs, we found that the Big Five only predicted some of the EC facets. We argue that EC is related to, but more than personality.