The aim of this study was predicting creativity and its components based on emotional intelligence and its components. The sample comprised of 548 students in four secondary grades and pre-university level from Shiraz high schools. Who were selected via a multi-stage cluster sampling procedure with the class as the sampling unit. Method: Regression analysis procedure was used for analyzing the data. The general finding of the study indicated that emotional intelligence positively predicts creativity. Result: creativity was positivity predictable through two components of emotional intelligence including emotional perception and optimism. General emotional intelligence can positively predict dynamic and extension as two components of creativity. In addition, findings indicated that boys and girls were significantly different in terms of general emotional intelligence (as well as two emotional perceptions and optimism components) and created a whole and its components. But this was not true for social skills and emotional control components of emotional intelligence. Finally, the findings were discussed with respect to the research literature and suggestion for further investigations was set forth.
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