Why Emotional Intelligence Needs a Fluid Component

Andrew Ortony*, William Revelle, Richard Zinbarg

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter addresses the question of how to characterize the presupposed notion of 'emotion'. There is much disagreement among emotion theorists as to exactly what emotions are. This chapter suggests that differences in conceptions of EI ultimately come to rest in different conceptions of emotions. After addressing the question of what an emotion is, it reviews Mayer and Salovey's construct of EI and its measurement, suggesting that, at least in principle, both could be strengthened by introducing an additional, critical, ingredient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Science of Emotional Intelligence
Subtitle of host publicationKnowns and Unknowns
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199847860
ISBN (Print)9780195181890
StatePublished - Mar 22 2012


  • EI
  • Emotion
  • Emotion theorists
  • Mayer
  • Salovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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