The Theory of Multiple Intelligence: In 1983, Howard Gardner’s Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligence introduced the idea that traditional types of intelligence,
such as IQ, fail to fully explain cognitive ability. He introduced the idea of multiple intelligence which included both interpersonal intelligence (the capacity to understand the intentions, motivations and desires of other people) and interpersonal intelligence (the capacity to understand oneself, to appreciate one’s feelings, fears and motivations).
Cognitive intelligence seems to be an amalgam of problem solving structures in the brain. Regions related to language interpretation, number processing, pattern recognition, and so on. These seem to be exclusively gray matter structures (where the cell bodies live).
Emotional intelligence seems to be manifested in the neural pathways that exist. That is, how well are the various areas integrated? How well can you take thoughts from one modality and integrate them with another? Physiologically, this probably takes the form of white matter (the connections between neurons).
Intelligence which comes out naturally or under emotion influence of mind is Emotional intelligence, Whereas, Cognitive Intelligence reflects a broader and deeper capability for comprehending our surroundings— ”catching on”, “making sense” of things, or “figuring out” what to do.
- Emotional Intelligence is more of a skill than fixed intelligence or trait.
- Skills are trainable and EI can transform a mediocre person into an exceptional one.
- Emotional Intelligence works synergistic with IQ.
- EI Development rests on ‘soft skills’ training Coaching & Experiential Learning.
It is always good to remind yourself: What is the primary goal I am after and will this help me get there?
- IQ test scores account for between 4 to 10% job success
- EQ accounts for around 27 to 46% job success
- Research on 181 jobs at 121 companies worldwide showed that 2 out of 3 abilities vital for success were emotional competencies such as:
- Talent for collaboration
What Does EQ Influence?
- Relationships with others
Benefits of High EQ
- Increased life satisfaction & optimism
- Increased motivation & self-confidence
- Increased self-control
- More flexible thinking
- Better stress tolerance
- Better interpersonal relations
- Less conflict
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