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Title: The Effect of Positive Writing on Emotional Intelligence and Life Satisfaction
Contributor(s): Wing, Joanna (author); Schutte, Nicola (author)orcid ; Byrne, Brian John (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2006
DOI: 10.1002/jclp.20292
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Abstract: This study explored the effect of writing about positive emotional experiences on emotional intelligence and life satisfaction. One hundred and seventy-five adults wrote about one of the following three topics: positive experiences with a cue for emotion regulation reflection, positive experiences without this cue, or a control writing topic. Multivariate analysis showed a significant time (pretest, posttest, and follow-up) by group effect. Writing about positive emotional experiences with an emotion regulation cue led to significant increases in emotional intelligence and life satisfaction at posttest and the increase in life satisfaction was maintained at 2-week follow-up. Further, participants who were cued to reflect on emotional regulation while writing about positive experiences rated their emotional intelligence significantly higher than the participants in the control writing group both at posttest and at follow-up. There were no significant differences in emotional intelligence or life satisfaction between those who were cued to reflect on emotional regulation while writing about positive experiences and those who wrote about positive experiences without such a cue.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Clinical Psychology, 62(10), p. 1291-1302
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0021-9762
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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