Cognitive Distortions, Emotional Intelligence and Decision Making Style in Traffic Wardens

 Attia Sardar (MSc, 2016-2018) Supervisor: Sadia khan

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email: chairperson@appsy.pu.edu.pk, Phone: 92-42-9231245

Abstract:

The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between cognitive distortions, emotional intelligence and decision making style in traffic wardens. It was hypothesized that there would be relationship between cognitive distortions, emotional intelligence and decision making style in traffic wardens. Further, it was expected that emotional intelligence and cognitive distortions would predict decision making style in traffic wardens. Correlational research design was used. Sampling technique was purposive sampling. The sample consisted of male traffic wardens = 100 collected via purposive sampling. Cognitive Distortions Scale (Ishfaq & Malik, 2013) was used to measure cognitive distortions including three domains of view about self, view about world and view about future. Emotional Intelligence Scale (Goleman, 1995) and Decision Style Questionnaire (Leykin & DeRubeis, 2010) were used. Correlation analysis indicated that there was a significant relationship between cognitive distortions and emotional intelligence. There was a non- significant relationship of cognitive distortion with decision making style. Emotional intelligence had negatively significant relationship with decision making style. Result from hierarchal multiple regression indicated that emotional intelligence and all different dimensions of emotional intelligence served as negative predictors of decision making styles in this study. The findings of this work have important implications for job recruiters, public servants and law enforcement sector.

Keywords: Cognitive distortion, emotional intelligence, decision making styles.

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