Effects of self-reported wisdom on happiness: not much more than emotional intelligence?

Zacher, Hannes, McKenna, Bernard and Rooney, David (2012) Effects of self-reported wisdom on happiness: not much more than emotional intelligence?. Journal of Happiness Studies, 14 6: 1697-1716. doi:10.1007/s10902-012-9404-9

Author Zacher, Hannes
McKenna, Bernard
Rooney, David
Title Effects of self-reported wisdom on happiness: not much more than emotional intelligence?
Journal name Journal of Happiness Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1389-4978
Publication date 2012-11-27
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10902-012-9404-9
Volume 14
Issue 6
Start page 1697
End page 1716
Total pages 20
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Wisdom and emotional intelligence are increasingly popular topics among happiness scholars. Despite their conceptual overlap, no empirical research has examined their interrelations and incremental predictive validities. The aims of this study were (a) to investigate associations between multidimensional conceptualizations of self-reported wisdom (Ardelt in Res Aging 25(3):275-324, 2003, 2004) and emotional intelligence (Davies et al. in J Pers Soc Psychol 75:989-1015, 1998) and (b) to examine the joint effects of self-reported wisdom and emotional intelligence on dimensions of happiness (life satisfaction as well as positive and negative affect). Data were provided by two samples: 175 university students and 400 online workers. Correlations between a composite wisdom score, a composite emotional intelligence score, and happiness facets were positive and moderate in size. Regression analyses showed that the effects of composite wisdom on life satisfaction and positive affect (but not negative affect) became weaker and non-significant when composite emotional intelligence was controlled. Additional analyses including three dimensions of the self-reported wisdom (cognitive, reflective, and affective wisdom) and four dimensions of emotional intelligence (self- and others-emotions appraisal, use and regulation of emotion) revealed a more differentiated pattern of results. Implications for future research on wisdom and happiness are discussed.
Keyword Wisdom
Emotional intelligence
Life satisfaction
Positive affect
Negative affect
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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