Quotients of Life

Happy weekend, Folks. An interesting write-up on the topic, types of intelligence that I received in one of my WhatsApp groups inspired me to this blog-post. 

When we hear the word, Quotient, Intelligence Quotient / IQ is probably the first word that we think of. Next would be Emotional Quotient (EQ) / Emotional Intelligence (EI), which got its formal definition in the 1990s and it has caught on in both the educational and workplace settings. Unless we are really interested in knowing more, we won’t go further.

The dictionary meaning of the word, Intelligence is the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. Its meaning as per Psychology is more encompassing; “Human intelligence, mental quality that consists of the abilities to learn from experience, adapt to new situations, understand and handle abstract concepts, and use knowledge to manipulate one’s environment.”

Study of the Brain / Mind / Intelligence continue to fascinate us. Numerous psychologists have and have been conducting various studies and coming up with quite a number of theories.

Howard Earl Gardner is one such renowned psychologist specialising in Developmental psychology (there are various branches of Psychology too; more on that in another blog). Gardner, in his famous book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences has defined nine types of intelligence:

  1. Visual-spatial intelligence
  2. Linguistic-verbal intelligence
  3. Mathematical intelligence
  4. Kinesthetic intelligence
  5. Musical intelligence
  6. Interpersonal intelligence
  7. Intrapersonal intelligence
  8. Naturalistic intelligence
  9. Existential Intelligence
Types of Intelligence Defined by Howard Gardner

Is one type superior to the other types? Should we concentrate on developing the traits that are currently in demand? These are the typical questions that pop-up in the super-competitive environment we currently live in. I feel these types basically define the personality traits: We are born with some qualities, we acquire some as interact with the society as a whole (influenced by the people we interact with / situations we encounter), and if we have an open mind and enthusiasm to work on self-improvement, we can definitely inculcate many of these traits thereby becoming a well-rounded human being!

It is heartening to see many schools having a curriculum that focuses on activities to harness different types of intelligence and give students a better chance to develop
their strengths, apply them to a greater range of problems and challenges,
showcase their achievements, and become better equipped to face the world.

Write-up received on WhatsApp is given below:


Thoughts to Ponder About 🤔

There are three types of intelligence

Intelligence Quotient (IQ)
Emotional Quotient (EQ)
Social Quotient (SQ)

  1. Intelligence Quotient (IQ): This is the measure of your comprehension ability”, solve maths; memorize things and recall subject matters.
  2. Emotional Quotient (EQ): This is the measure of your ability to maintain peace with others; keep to time; be responsible; be honest; respect boundaries; be humble, genuine and considerate.
  3. Social Quotient (SQ): This is the measure of your ability to build a network of friends and maintain it over a long period of time.

People that have higher EQ and SQ tend to go farther in life than those with high IQ but low EQ and SQ. Most schools capitalize in improving IQ level while EQ and SQ are down played.

A man of high IQ can end up being employed by a man of high EQ and SQ even though he has an average IQ.

Your EQ represents your character; your SQ represents your charisma. Give in to habits that will improve these three Qs but more especially your EQ and SQ.

EQ and SQ make one manage better than the other.

Now there is a 4th one:
A new paradigm

  1. The Adversity Quotient (AQ): The measure of your ability to go through a rough path in life and come out without losing your mind.
    AQ determines who will give up in face of troubles, who will abandon their family or who will consider suicide.

A Note To Parents:
Expose children to other areas of life other than academic. They should adore manual work (but never use work as a form of punishment), instead use sport and art. Develop their EQ, SQ and AQ. They should become multifaceted human beings able to do things independently of the parents.

Finally, do not prepare the road for the children. Prepare the children for the road


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