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This paper presents a unifying model that aims to reconcile two conflicting conceptions of emotional intelligence (EI): the conception of EI as a form of intelligence (ability EI) and the conception of EI as a personality trait (trait EI). The paper starts with a synthesis and critical examination of the main arguments of each perspective. Based on this review, it is suggested that both perspectives have contributed to extend scientific knowledge about emotional skills underlying processes anddoi:10.7790/ejap.v5i2.175 fatcat:uuxlxwtljnfgvmmooub5bjnbwm