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Psychiatric Quarterly

, Volume 87, Issue 3, pp 377–386

First Online: 09 October 2015DOI: 10.1007-s11126-015-9396-9

Cite this article as: Tsirigotis, K. & Łuczak, J. Psychiatr Q 2016 87: 377. doi:10.1007-s11126-015-9396-9


While indirect self-destructiveness exerts a rather negative influence on the life and psychological and social functioning of the individual, emotional intelligence may have a favourable effect. The aim of this study has been to explore possible relationships between manifestations of indirect self-destructiveness and dimensions of emotional intelligence. A population of 260 individuals 130 females and 130 males aged 20–30 mean age of 24.5 was studied by using the Polish version of the Chronic Self-Destructiveness Scale and INTE, i.e., the Polish version of the Assessing Emotions Scale. Manifestations of indirect self-destructiveness show many significant correlations with variables of the INTE, and those correlations are negative. Generally, it can be said that low emotional intelligence is associated with poor psychosocial and social functioning, which, in turn, is associated with indirect self-destructiveness and its manifestations. It seems advisable to use emotional intelligence in the prophylactic and therapeutic work with individuals suffering from various types of disorders, especially the syndrome of indirect self-destructiveness.

KeywordsManifestations of indirect self-destructiveness Dimensions of emotional intelligence Relationships The emotional intelligent person does not mindlessly seek pleasure, but rather attends to emotion in the path toward growth Salovay P., Mayer J.D.

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Author: Konstantinos Tsirigotis - Joanna Łuczak


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