Personal goals and trait emotional intelligence as predictors of domains of life-satisfaction  

Avsec A., Bajec B., Takšić V.
First author's affiliation: Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Many studies confirmed the importance of trait emotional intelligence for subjective well-being but specific domains of life-satisfaction was rarely of interest. One can assume the greater importance of emotional intelligence for domains, related to interpersonal or communion-related domains, such as satisfaction with friends, intimate partners… than to agentic domains (e.g. work, competence), where emotional intelligence should be of less importance. Beside emotional intelligence, the content of personal goals as predictors of domain satisfaction was of interest. On the basis of value orientation studies, we predicted that higher communion-oriented personal goals should be related to higher satisfaction in communion oriented domains and higher agency-oriented personal goals to higher satisfaction in agency related domains. We also examined possible moderator effects of emotional intelligence in personal goals and domain satisfaction relationship. 230 participants aged from 18 to 60 years took part in our Internet study. They completed Emotional Skills and Competence Questionnaire (ESCQ), Personal goals questionnaire (PGQ), and the list of domains of life satisfaction. Results confirmed the importance of emotional intelligence and personal goals for most of the life domains Emotional intelligence and personal goals explained independent parts of variance of domain satisfaction. Motivational aspect of personality, often neglected in well-being research, seems to add an important variance to domains of life-satisfaction beside of emotional intelligence.