The Relationship Between Negative Career Thoughts & Emotional Intelligence


  • A. Dennis Dahl
  • R. Kirk Austin
  • Bruce D. Wagner
  • Andrew Lukas


career, negative career throughts, emotional intelligence, relationship


Relationships between overall emotional intelligence (EI) as measured by the Bar-On EQi and negative career thoughts as measured by the Career Thoughts Inventory were investigated in a population of career undecided nonstudent adults. More specifically, the factors of EI most related to negative career thinking were examined, as were the type of negative career thoughts most associated with EI. Findings revealed a significant inverse relationship between total EI and negative career thought scores. Adaptability and Intrapersonal factors were the subscales accounting for most of the variation in the career thoughts/EI relationship. Decision making-confusion was most negatively correlated with EI scores. The results suggest that assessment of a client’s EI levels is important in career decision-making counseling.


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How to Cite

Dahl, A. D. ., Austin, R. K., Wagner, B. D. ., & Lukas, A. (2008). The Relationship Between Negative Career Thoughts & Emotional Intelligence. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 7(1), 4–10. Retrieved from