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Sensory Processing Sensitivity, Emotional Intelligence, and their contribution to Individual Difference

O'Neill, Hilary Catherine (2023) Sensory Processing Sensitivity, Emotional Intelligence, and their contribution to Individual Difference. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Aim: To explore awareness of SPS across the sample (N=106) to identify the percentage of participants who display the SPS trait, and to investigate if a relationship exists with Sensory Processing Sensitivity (SPS) and Emotional Intelligence (EI). Exploring the subscales of Ease of Excitation (EOE), Aesthetic Sensitivity (AES) and Lower Sensory Threshold (LST) within the Highly Sensitive Person scale (HSPS) and the Trait Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue-SF) subscales of Emotionality, Wellbeing, Self-control, & Sociability. To determine if any of the subscales predict SPS and EI and to establish if any gender differences exist among individual with SPS. Method: The study posed two questions to the participants to access the awareness of Sensory-Processing Sensitivity within the sample and to determine if it is believed this trait is present from birth. To test the current theory that SPS is present within 15-20% of the population within the current sample. A Pearson Correlation Coefficient was run followed by two multiple regression analyses and an Independent samples T-Test. Results: The current study found 18.9% of the sample indicated Sensory-Processing Sensitivity, 62.3% were aware of the concept of the highly sensitive person prior to taking part in the study, individuals with higher Sensory-Processing Sensitivity had lower Emotional Intelligence, the subscale of Aesthetic Sensitivity (AES) within the HSP Scale was a significant predictor of Emotional Intelligence and no gender differences exist in Sensory-Processing Sensitivity within the current sample. Further recommendations for research and practical implications are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Nolan, Conor
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotional Intelligence
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry > Neurology. Diseases of the Nervous System.
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: Tamara Malone
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2023 15:30
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2023 15:30

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