Giftedness and talent are one of the most important resources of our society, because they are closely linked to scientific progress and economic growth. These concepts have always been considered to be related to intelligence in psychometric studies. Since the 80s a number of scholars have opposed the concept of "psychometric intelligence" to that of "emotional intelligence", on the grounds that both success and social adaptation require the ability to know how to manage emotions. The concept of emotional intelligence achieved great popularity and has some credit for having placed emphasis on a variety of factors that can influence personal success; on the other hand, it has non-negligible limitations: lack of agreement between scholars on the definition of the concept, weakness of the measuring instruments, little empirical support and, above all, the absence of a clear distinction between the concepts of "emotional intelligence", "personality" and "emotions". The conclusion is that psychometric intelligence is an important factor in academic and life success and has a solid empirical foundation, whereas the construct of "emotional intelligence" does not currently provide a satisfactory alternative solution.
Keywords: Giftedness, psychometric intelligence, emotional intelligence, test FIT.
Aristide Saggino, Michela Balsamo, Sergio Di Sano, Laura Picconi, Roberta Romanelli, Giftedness between psychometric intelligence and emotional intelligence in "RICERCHE DI PSICOLOGIA " 2/2013, pp. 301-323, DOI:10.3280/RIP2013-002005