Emotional Intelligence and Coronary Heart Disease: How Close Is the Link?

  •  Evrydiki Kravvariti    
  •  Katerina Maridaki-Kassotaki    
  •  Eleftherios Kravvaritis    


The present paper examines the relationship between coronary heart disease and emotional intelligence. Fifty six
patients with coronary heart disease and equal number of controls who had no indications of heart disease
participated in the study. Two self-report questionnaires which assess components of trait emotional intelligence
such as emotion perception, emotion regulation, emotion expression and use of emotions were given to all
subjects. As hypothesized, the results emerged from the study indicated that facets of trait emotional intelligence
such as decreased ability to use and regulate emotions as well as frequency of negative expressiveness are
associated with incidence of coronary heart disease. The discussion focuses on the role and applications of trait
emotional intelligence in the clinical domain.

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