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Abstract

In this research, I have identified similarities and cross-cultural differences of emotions, emotional states and perception of emotional intelligence among Masters students in Kazakhstan and Spain. Research tools used were a standardised psychological colour choice test designed by Luscher and modified by Sobchik, combined with the well-validated Spanish shorter version of the Trait Meta-Mood Scale (TMMS) (Femandez – Berrocal, Extremera, & Ramos, 2004). The research was implemented with a sample of Masters students (N = 100) from Pavlodar State University, Kazakhstan, and from the University of Granada, Spain. Results showed similarities with regard to friendliness, trust in others, discomfort, emotional tension and sensitivity, as well as statistically significant differences with regard to motivation, desire to dominate, self-concept, tension, anxiety, emotionality, difficulties in social adaptation, and sociability among the preferences of Masters student which here are considered indicators of emotional intelligence regarding attention, clarity, and repair. Analysis of the results showed a cross-cultural differences in the correlation between attention to one’s own and other people's emotions and emotional states, and the ability to regulate and to change one’s own emotions and emotional states correctly among Masters students in Kazakhstan. Results also show a correlation between knowledge, understanding one’s own emotions and other people's emotional states and the ability to regulate and to change one’s own emotions and emotional states correctly among Masters students in Spain. Keywords: emotion; emotional states; emotional intelligence; сross-cultural difference

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