EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EI) AND STRESS IN THE PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY OF POLICEMEN,DOCTORS AND TEACHERS
 
Stoeva, T.S., University of Sofia"Kliment Ohridsky", Bulgaria
 
This investigation is based on the supposition that EI influences the level of stress on professioins considered as stressful. It was supposed that in different professions, in dependence of the type of the activity, the reduction of stress would be influenced by different components of the EI. The empirical results confirm the hypothesis, that for the activity of the policemen is most important- the control of emotions, for the reduction of stress, for the doctors- the empathy, and for the teachers-both components. Unexpected are the results showing that the presence of a certain component of EI could be detrimental, leading to higher level of stress, in some professions-for example, the empathy in the activity of the policemen. The results are discussed in the context of their implications for the activity of the consulting psychologists in the relevant community.