The Items in Each of the IPIP Scales Measuring
Seven Components Potentially Related to
"Emotional Intelligence" (Barchard, 2001)

POSITIVE EXPRESSIVITY [Alpha = .81 and .79 for women and men, respectively]
+ keyed Express my affection physically.
  Laugh out loud if something is funny.
  Express my happiness in a childlike manner.
  Sometimes laugh out loud when reading or watching TV.
  Hug my close friends.
  Show my feelings when I'm happy.
– keyed Find it difficult showing people that I care about them.
  Have difficulty showing affection.
  Keep my happy feelings to myself.
+ keyed Shout or scream when I'm angry.
  Can't help but look upset when something bad happens.
  Show my fear.
  Suspect that my facial expressions give me away when I feel sad.
  Show my sadness.
– keyed Keep my feelings to myself, regardless of how unhappy I am.
  Find it difficult showing people that I'm angry with them.
  Keep my feelings to myself, regardless of how scared I am.
  Rarely show my anger.
  Wish I could more easily show my negative feelings.

+ keyed Think about the causes of my emotions.
  Pay a lot of attention to my feelings.
  Am usually aware of the way that I'm feeling.
  Notice my emotions.
  Often stop to analyze how I'm feeling.

– keyed Rarely think about how I feel.
  Rarely analyze my emotions.
  Am not in touch with my feelings.
  Often ignore my feelings.
  Rarely notice my emotional reactions.

+ keyed Listen to my feelings when making important decisions.
  Base my goals in life on inspiration, rather than logic.
  Plan my life based on how I feel.
  Believe emotions give direction to life.
  Listen to my heart rather than my brain.

– keyed Plan my life logically.
  Believe important decisions should be based on logical reasoning.
  Listen to my brain rather than my heart.
  Make decisions based on facts, not feelings.

RESPONSIVE JOY [.73 & .70]
+ keyed Like to watch children open presents.
  Usually end up laughing if the people around me are laughing.
  Feel other people's joy.
  Get caught up in the excitement when others are celebrating.
  Am strongly influenced by the good moods of others.
  Find it hard to stay in a bad mood if the people around me are happy.

– keyed Dislike being around happy people when I'm feeling sad.
  Am unaffected by other people's happiness.
  Rarely get caught up in the excitement.
  Dislike children's birthday parties.

+ keyed Am deeply moved by others' misfortunes.
  Am easily moved to tears.
  Suffer from others' sorrows.
  Am upset by the misfortunes of strangers.
  Would be upset if I saw an injured animal.

– keyed Am calm even in tense situations.
  Am not easily disturbed by events.
  Am unaffected by the suffering of others.
  Rarely cry during sad movies.
  Remain calm during emergencies.

+ keyed Am concerned about others.
  Feel sympathy for those who are worse off than myself.
  Sympathize with the homeless.
  Believe that criminals should receive help rather than punishment.
  Believe that the poor deserve our sympathy.

– keyed Feel little concern for others.
  Have no sympathy for criminals.
  Look down on any weakness.
  Don't like to get involved in other people's problems.
Have little sympathy for the unemployed.

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