Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

The Association Between Personality, Emotional Intelligence, and Romantic Relationship Satisfaction

Publication Date

Spring 2022


Sciences and Mathematics, College of


Psychological Science, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Patrick Morse

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation



Personality psychology is common in deducing the way people reacts to themselves. This study aims to expand that knowledge on how ones understanding of self-determines their understanding, and interaction with others. By investigating if emotional intelligence mediates the relationship between the Big Five personality factors and relationship satisfaction, this study aims to expand upon previous research most commonly seen in longitudinal studies. (Caprara, 2019) Previous studies show that certain personality factors such as extraversion, agreeableness, and openness may predict emotional intelligence (Alghamdi et. al, 2017). Additionally, emotional intelligence is shown to be a desirable characteristic in potential romantic partners, as well as a predictor of relationship satisfaction (Wollny et. al, 2020). This study will be utilizing a correlational design, in order to understand if there is a connection between the big five personality traits and relationship satisfaction. Emotional intelligence will be acting as a mediating variable in the relationship between extraversion and relationship satisfaction, agreeableness and relationship satisfaction, and openness and relationship satisfaction. We will also be doing an exploratory analysis to see how emotional intelligence a mediator for conscientiousness and neuroticism and relationship satisfaction might be. In a time where online dating is flourishing during the Corona Virus pandemic, it would be helpful to better understand how the big five might influence your relationship, to better understand future partners.

Keywords: Big Five, Relationships, Emotional Intelligence Relationship Satisfaction

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