Natalio Extremera Pacheco
University Professor. Faculty of Psychology. University of Malaga (Spain)

Emotional intelligence and well-being: past, present and future.

Emotional intelligence (EI), in just thirty years of scientific development (Salovey and Mayer, 1990), has gone from being a fashionable concept to an exciting and fruitful field of work. Although sometimes at odds, the different theoretical and assessment approaches, as well as the possible implications of the construct in areas of people's life functioning (e.g., health, education, work, family...), have become clear triggers of interest in the study of EI. In this sense, several authors argue that the skills to identify, assimilate, understand and regulate our emotions and those of others are potential resources that would facilitate better coping with stressful events. In this paper, we will present a review of some of the most interesting findings in the field of EI, demonstrating that from different assessment and conceptualization approaches, these emotional skills have been shown to be predictors of emotional well-being and psychosocial adjustment of people, showing their predictive value in different groups and contexts. In addition, some lines and challenges for the future in this field are offered, as well as guidelines to take into account in training and intervention programs of these skills. He has been a research member and leads different R&D projects related to the assessment and development of emotional intelligence and positive personal resources in educational and professional contexts in Spain and Latin America. He currently collaborates with several research groups and laboratories in the USA, The Netherlands, Portugal and Finland. He is the author of more than 250 scientific contributions including articles in national and international journals, books and book chapters on various areas related to emotional skills, personal resources, well-being and stress in health, occupational and educational settings.


Natalio Extremera is University Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Speech Therapy of the University of Malaga. Member of the research group on Positive Personal Resources, well-being and health in applied contexts (CTS-1048). Active international member of the Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations (CREIO), the Spanish Scientific Society of Social Psychology and the Spanish Society for the Study of Anxiety and Stress (SEAS). He has done research stays at Yale University (USA), Surrey University (England) and Queens University (USA). He is a professor in different official Masters and postgraduate degrees in several Spanish universities teaching emotional skills, personal resources, wellbeing and work stress.Ha sido miembro investigador y lidera diferentes proyectos I+D relacionados con la evaluación y el desarrollo de la inteligencia emocional y recursos personales positivos en contextos educativos y profesionales en España e Iberoamérica. Actualmente colabora con diversos grupos de investigación y laboratorios de EEUU, Holanda, Portugal y Finlandia. Es autor de más de 250 contribuciones científicas entre artículos en revistas nacionales e internacionales, libros y capítulos de libros sobre diversas áreas relacionados con las habilidades emocionales, recursos personales, bienestar y estrés en ámbitos de la salud, laboral y educativos.



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