Romantic love: What's emotional intelligence (EI) got to do with it?

Moshe Zeidner, Iris Kaluda

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    The study examined the role of EI in romantic love among newlywed couples. In addition, we set out to assess to what degree outcomes depend on the specific EI measure employed, i.e., maximal performance (ability-based) vs. typical performance (self-report). In the dyadic design implemented in this research, 100 young heterosexual married couples independently completed the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso emotional intelligence test (MSCEIT), the Schutte self-report inventory (SSRI), and a vocabulary subtest of the MILTA group intelligence battery. EI, assessed via an ability and a self-report measure, showed significant 'actor effects', but failed to show significant 'partner effects', thus only partially supporting the hypothesis that EI predicts romantic love. Whereas ability-based and self-report measures show the same pattern of relationship with romantic love in dyadic assessments, the magnitudes of outcome relationships as well as the correlations of EI with verbal ability are measure-dependent. Marital partners were not correlated on EI, thus providing little evidence for assortative mating for EI.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1684-1695
    Number of pages12
    JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
    Issue number8
    StatePublished - Jun 2008


    • Abilities
    • Dyadic analysis
    • Emotional competencies
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Love
    • Marital satisfaction
    • Social relationships

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Psychology (all)


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