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Reba Glidewell


Emotional Intelligence (EI) and forgiveness both involve interpreting emotional content. Empirical study of a relationship between these two constructs is lacking. This is a problem as many psychological studies infer a relationship between these two constructs. The purposes of this study were to explore whether EI and forgiveness are correlated and to identify whether predictor variables (empathy, life satisfaction, emotional management, and emotional understanding) contribute to the probability of forgiveness within an interpersonal relationship. A quantitative, nonexperimental research design, based on the theory of mind, was used to answer two research questions: Does a correlational relationship exist between the two EI domains (emotional understanding and emotional management ability) and the three forgiveness domains (affective, behavioral, and cognitive)? And do empathy, life satisfaction, emotional management ability, and emotional understanding predict forgiveness? The sampling strategy involved a convenience sample of Internet users. There were a total of 142 participants. Statistical analysis of data were carried out on the 95 participants whom completed all of the survey items. Results of a Pearson r correlational analysis show no significant relationship between study variables was detected. A multiple regression analysis was planned but not implemented. EI ability directly impacting the process of forgiveness and the process of forgiveness directly impacting EI was unsubstantiated. Social change implications involve consideration of situations and conflict resolution rather than a specific emphasis on EI ability or ability to forgive. Doing so may promote research fostering positive mental health outcomes.