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Alyssa BobichFollow

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11-12-2019 11:45 AM

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We comprehend the world through the words we have to describe it, though oftentimes our limited vocabulary fails to provide the depth or breadth of description necessary to encompass our experiences. This same phenomenon occurs with describing our emotions. Past research has shown that individuals who can describe their emotion experiences with more detail have lower levels of aggression and depression as well as a greater ability to regulate their emotions, aspects of high emotional intelligence (Kashdan, Barrett, & Mcknight, 2015; Barrett, Gross, Christensen, & Benvenuto, 2001; Mayer, Salovey, Caruso, & Sitarenios, 2003). This study intends to determine whether increasing an individual’s emotion word vocabulary by introducing new emotion concepts will result in an increase in emotional intelligence. By instructing English-speaking participants to learn and apply non-English emotion words and by tracking their emotional intelligence with the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT), this study will empirically show the impact of increasing the ability to convey emotion experience on emotional intelligence.

Keywords: emotional intelligence, vocabulary, emotion concepts

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Dec 11th, 11:45 AM

Can You Say How You Feel?: The Impact of Emotion Word Vocabulary On Emotional Intelligence

We comprehend the world through the words we have to describe it, though oftentimes our limited vocabulary fails to provide the depth or breadth of description necessary to encompass our experiences. This same phenomenon occurs with describing our emotions. Past research has shown that individuals who can describe their emotion experiences with more detail have lower levels of aggression and depression as well as a greater ability to regulate their emotions, aspects of high emotional intelligence (Kashdan, Barrett, & Mcknight, 2015; Barrett, Gross, Christensen, & Benvenuto, 2001; Mayer, Salovey, Caruso, & Sitarenios, 2003). This study intends to determine whether increasing an individual’s emotion word vocabulary by introducing new emotion concepts will result in an increase in emotional intelligence. By instructing English-speaking participants to learn and apply non-English emotion words and by tracking their emotional intelligence with the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT), this study will empirically show the impact of increasing the ability to convey emotion experience on emotional intelligence.

Keywords: emotional intelligence, vocabulary, emotion concepts