This study builds on earlier work showing that adult emotional competencies (EC) could be improved through a relatively brief training. In a set of 2 controlled experimental studies, the authors investigated whether developing EC could lead to improved emotional functioning; long-term personality changes; and important positive implications for physical, psychological, social, and work adjustment. Results of Study 1 showed that 18 hr of training with e-mail follow-up was sufficient to significantly improve emotion regulation, emotion understanding, and overall EC. These changes led in turn to long-term significant increases in extraversion and agreeableness as well as a decrease in neuroticism. Results of Study 2 showed that the development of EC brought about positive changes in psychological well-being, subjective health, quality of social relationships, and employability. The effect sizes were sufficiently large for the changes to be considered as meaningful in people's lives.

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Nelis , Delphine; Kotsou , Ilios; Quoidbach, Jordi; Hansenne , Michel; Weytens , Fanny; Dupuis , Pauline; Mikolajczak , Moira

Increasing emotional competence improves psychological and physical well-being, social relationships, and employability

01/2011
This study builds on earlier work showing that adult emotional competencies (EC) could be improved through a relatively brief training. In a set of 2 controlled experimental studies, the authors investigated whether developing EC could lead to improved emotional functioning; long-term personality changes; and important positive implications for physical, psychological, social, and work adjustment. Results of Study 1 showed that 18 hr of training with e-mail follow-up was sufficient to significantly improve emotion regulation, emotion understanding, and overall EC. These changes led in turn to long-term significant increases in extraversion and agreeableness as well as a decrease in neuroticism. Results of Study 2 showed that the development of EC brought about positive changes in psychological well-being, subjective health, quality of social relationships, and employability. The effect sizes were sufficiently large for the changes to be considered as meaningful in people's lives.
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Increasing emotional competence improves psychological and physical well-being, social relationships, and employability
Nelis , Delphine; Kotsou , Ilios; Quoidbach, Jordi; Hansenne , Michel; Weytens , Fanny; Dupuis , Pauline; Mikolajczak , Moira
Emotion
Vol. 11, n 2, 01/2011, p. 354 - 366

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