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Connecting the Spiritual and Emotional Intelligences: Confirming an Intelligence Criterion and Assessing the Role of Empathy
A viable model and self-report measure of spiritual intelligence were previously proposed
and supported by King and DeCicco (2009). Despite such advances, evidence is needed
demonstrating significant associations with other intelligences. The current study sought to
test this criterion in relation to emotional intelligence. Among a sample of 420 Canadian
adults, results demonstrated significant associations between spiritual intelligence and two
self-report measures of emotional intelligence. Due to the suggestion by some theorists
that empathy be included in a model of spiritual intelligence, associations with empathy
were also investigated. Results bode well for the inclusion of a spiritual ability set in the
broader framework of human intelligence, and further clarify the ways in which these two
“alternative” intelligences intersect and digress. Key limitations, including the self-report
nature of the current measures, are discussed.
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King, D. B., Mara, C. A., & DeCicco, T. L. (2012). King, D. B., Mara, C. A., & DeCicco, T. L. (2012). Connecting the spiritual and emotional intelligences: Confirming an intelligence criterion and assessing the role of empathy. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 31(1), 11–20.. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, 31 (1). https://doi.org/10.24972/ijts.2012.31.1.11