Theories And Measuring Alternatives of Emotional Intelligence, Creativity, Wisdom and Mindfulness



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

One of the most important pivots of positive psychology is the study of positive individual characteristics. In the focus of the course there are the three most studied positive individual characteristics: emotional intelligence, creativity and wisdom. Our objective is tracing the past and historical antecedents of these constructs, the comparative analysis of the current theories related to these phenomena above, the review of the possible assessment alternatives and the synthesis of the related actual research results.

The course deals with the exposition of the application possibilities of the empirical research results, emphasizing the applied areas of clinical and health psychology and human recruitment-selection. During the course we make an attempt to place the construct of mindfulness in psychology and discuss its relationship with the related constructs. The questions of the conceptualization and measurement of mindfulness is also addressed. We focus on the roots and notability of mindfulness in other disciplines and religion in a broader perspective. We review the mindfulness-based techniques used in the psychotherapeutic practice and other applied fields, their efficiency and boundaries, and we pay heed to those research which aim to catch the mode of action of mindfulness.

  • Parke, M. R; Seo, M. G; & Sherf, E.N. (2015). Regulating and facilitating: The role of emotional intelligence in maintaining and using positive affect for creativity. Journal of Applied Psychology, 100 (3), 917-934.
  • Boyatzis, R. E; Batista-Foguet J. M; Marin, X. F; Truninger, M. (2015). Emotional intelligence competencies as a related but different characteristic than intelligence. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1-14.
  • Garland, E. L., Gaylord, S. A., Fredrickson, B. L. (2011) Positive Reappraisal Mediates the Stress-Reductive Effects of Mindfulness: An Upward Spiral Process. Mindfulness 2, 59–67.
  • Black; D. S., Semple, R. J., Pokhrel, P., Grenard, J. L. (2011) Component Processes of Executive Function - Mindfulness, Self-control, and Working Memory - and Their Relationships with Mental and Behavioral Health, Mindfulness 2, 179–185.
  • Coffey, K. A., Hartman, M., Fredrickson, B. L. (2010) Deconstructing Mindfulness and Constructing Mental Health: Understanding Mindfulness and its Mechanisms of Action. Mindfulness, 1, 235–253.