Relationships between Machiavellianism, emotional intelligence and theory of mind in children

A. Barlow, P. Qualter, M. Stylianou

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Abstract

The current study investigates the associations of Machiavellianism (Mach) with trait and ability emotional intelligence (EI), and theory of mind (ToM) in 109 primary school children. Consistent with previous research with adults, negative associations were found between Mach and social and emotional understanding. Subsequent multiple regression analyses for girls showed that being more adept at emotional and social understanding does not lead them to manipulate others in social encounters. This was not the case for boys. These findings are discussed in relation to other social and individual difference variables that impact on Mach, particularly amongst boys.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-82
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

Keywords

  • Machiavelliansim
  • Theory of mind
  • Trait emotional intelligence
  • Ability emotional intelligence
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Children

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