Emotional Intelligence and Athletic Performance

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According to Salovey and Mayer (1990), “understanding emotions involves comprehension of how basic emotions are blended to form complex emotions, how emotions are affected by events surrounding experiences, and whether various emotional reactions are likely in given social settings. Regulating emotions encompasses the control of emotions in oneself and in others. An individual’s emotional intelligence is an indication of how he or she perceives, understands, and regulates emotions. In sum, emotional intelligence is a form of intelligence that involves “the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions” (Salovery and Mayer, 1990,…show more content…
Research has pointed out the importance for us to develop a clear perspective on the theoretical development of EQ. Moreover, how this theory may or may not overlap with traditional forms of intelligence and with psychological skills and strategies as they relate to athletic performance. In the Lane et al. (2010) study, the researchers have explored the findings of how emotional intelligence is related to emotions experienced before successful and unsuccessful performances and how certain emotions are correlated with successful performances and poor performances. Previous research has shown that emotional intelligence is correlated positively with pleasant emotions and negatively with unpleasant emotions. Further, Lane et al. (2009c) found emotional intelligence scores correlated with frequent use of psychological skills. Athletes reporting frequent use of psychological skills (Thomas et al., 1999) also appear to report high scores on the self-report emotional intelligence scales. B. Comparison of the purposes posed by the studies The purpose of the Zizzi et al. (2003) study was to find a relationship between emotional intelligence and athletic performance in a sample of Division I baseball players. This study explored the relationships between emotional intelligence and the global measures of baseball performance in a sample of college baseball players. More specifically, a
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