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American Journal of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Vol.1, No.3, Aug. 2015, Pub. Date: Jul. 10, 2015
Emotional Intelligence and Anger Control Among Urban Adolescents in Nigeria
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[01] John N. N. Ugoani, College of Management and Social Sciences, Rhema University, Aba, Nigeria.
The study was designed to evaluate the relationship between emotional intelligence and anger control. Hostilities prompted by anger have become rampant in Nigeria. Ethnic and faith based militant gangs led by urban adolescents have been killing people in great numbers, including the recent kidnap of 234 Chibok school girls in expression of anger to avenge for allegations of bad political leadership characterized by youth unemployment, political imbalance, poverty, lack of socio-cultural infrastructures, marginalization among others. The study hypothesizes that emotional intelligence, provides a new paradigm shift for the control of anger. Government’s programmes have not yielded the desired results with regard to controlling anger. The National Conference is another attempt to forge the sense of unity among Nigerian people and reduce the levels of hostility and insecurity. The survey research design was used for the study. 294 respondents were involved. Data were generated through structured questionnaire on a Likert-type format. These were supported by interviews so as to validate data through each other. The data were analyzed by using the statistical package for social sciences version 17. The study result showed r = .88*. With this empirical result it was found that emotional intelligence has strong positive relationship with anger control. This is a significant outcome, and in furtherance of research of emotional intelligence and anger control established a degree of relationship between the two variables. This is the crux of the study. Emotional intelligence is operationalized through behaving in most ways that foster unity and collaboration than in ways and manners that bring about anger. Previous research provides evidence that emotional intelligence is positively correlated with anger control. This time in modern history when so large a number of human beings in Nigeria have had their notions, and indeed their lives so deeply altered, and in some cases, violently upset by fanatically held social and political doctrines is very dangerous. Dangerous in the sense that when ideas are neglected by those who ought to attend to them – that is to say, those who have been elected or appointed to think critically about ideas they sometimes acquire an unchecked momentum and irresistible power over multitudes of men that may grow too angry and violent to be controlled by mere traditional logic. Studies show that a generation that has been repeatedly exposed to intense realistic violence grows up with more acceptance of aggression, less resistance to brutality, and less compassionate.
Anger Control, Bad Political Leadership, Boko Haram, Chibok, Emotional Intelligence, Iwe, Marginalization, Paradise, Traditional Logic, Youth Unemployment
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