The article presents the study results concerning the relations between elder people’s hubristic motivation and emotional intelligence. This age group was chosen by us because it is little studied and elderly people are vulnerable in the modern conditions. The concept of hubristic motivation and its main forms - the pursuit of perfection and the pursuit of advantage - are analyzed. The views of classical psychologists on the pursuit of self-affirmation and achievement of perfection are presented. The recent studies of emotional intelligence, its structural elements - the ability to understand and control emotions, empathy - and the role they play in human life are analyzed. The performed theoretical analysis show that aspiration for realization of hubristic needs to perfection and advantage in old age is both natural and important personal desire as it provides consolidation of self-assessment and stabilization of well-being of this vulnerable age group.
The results of the performed empirical study indicate the statistically significant correlations between emotional intelligence and the aspiration for perfection as a form of hubristic motivation manifestation at elderly people, which suggests an important impact that emotions have for consolidation of self-esteem and self-realization. Based on the study results, we can talk about the importance of emotional intelligence developing for people who wish to achieve perfection and increase their self-esteem. At the same time, self-improvement requires of a person to develop empathy, the ability to understand the emotions of others and control them. A person who wishes to achieve perfection by working on his/her talents begins to develop the ability to understand the nature of emotions and features of their manifestation; empathizes with others; predicts the further emotional reaction of those around his/her. The results suggest existence of complex relations between these phenomena and an important role of emotional intelligence and hubristic motivation in people lives. The development of these two phenomena will provide a person with the ability to show their skills and self-assert in society.
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