Both “emotional intelligence” and “positive psychology” are rapidly becoming very visible, popular and
important areas within psychology. This article suggests that emotional intelligence should be
considered an integral part of positive psychology. Empirical findings are presented that support this
notion in addition to examining the way both disciplines have been described, defined and
conceptualised over the past decade. This approach to categorising emotional intelligence is one way
of justifying where it should be placed within the field of psychology. In light of the fact that the current
article addresses this issue directly and based on the specific approach which is applied, it is hoped
that this publication will represent a useful contribution to the literature.