“Donald Trump was the dumbest g*ddamn student I ever had.”
~William T. Kelley – Trump’s former Professor, University of Pennsylvania
~via Chicago Tribune
“Donald Trump was the dumbest g*ddamn student I ever had.”
~William T. Kelley – Trump’s former Professor, University of Pennsylvania
~via Chicago Tribune
Intelligence is defined as the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills. But knowledge and skills are not found just within the conscious mental realm.
Intelligence is within us all. Your organism is intelligent beyond your conscious awareness. It knows exactly how to function without you even knowing anything about biology.
Intelligence is not something that can be measured. Mental capacity, common sense, logic, pattern recognition, yes. Those things can be measured.
But that’s not what Intelligence is. Those things are just ways Intelligence expresses itself, and comparing them is absurd.
Someone who has normal IQ might create the most profound pieces of music that have ever existed. And someone who has high IQ might not even be able to play a piano.
The problem in the present system is the neglect of the difference how Intelligence expresses. There are actually 9 different types of intelligence according to some.
The sad fact is, in our modern day, the design of our school system tends to favor only one type of intelligence.
Despite the individual differences of students, all of them follow only one system, one form of intelligence assessment, and one form of tests.
This makes students pass or fail based on narrow criteria. If you’re great at linear, analytical, and hyperlexic skills, then probably, you do well in school.
But for others whose expertise isn’t aligned in these areas, they are bound to end up at the bottom of the class.
They are not unintelligent, however, they don’t do well because they’re confronted with tests that don’t fit with the way their mind works.
Even if they’re intelligent in other ways, they’re still told they are wrong because there is no assessment in the kind of intelligence that they have.
Children are creative. They have great navigational skills. That is why it’s hard to keep them still. If children fail in school, it’s not their own fault, it’s not the teacher’s fault either.
The fault is in the system. The children’s booming intelligence is being cut short before it even takes root just because it doesn’t fit with what the system requires.
Recognizing other forms of intelligence is crucial in creating a society that is able to thrive, invent and evolve.
When we acknowledge other forms of intelligence, we acknowledge the greatness that each one of us has been endowed with.
People who are intelligent in music have the ability to recognize sounds and tones faster than anyone does. They appreciate music and rhythm, have good ears for music, learn songs easily, and quickly notice when someone sings off key. They are gifted in singing, composing songs or playing musical instruments.
People with spatial intelligence deal with spatial judgment and are able to visualize with the mind’s eye. They have the spatial skills to solve navigational problems, able to visualize objects from different angles and spaces, recognize faces or scenes quickly, and are keen on details.
Learning through movement and experimentation are the strengths of kinesthetic intelligent people. They are great at sports and activities that require physical exertion and mastery. Some of them follow the artistic pull of dancing or any creative movement. Acting and performing in an audience come easily for them.
People possessing a naturalist intelligence appreciate nature, the plants, and animals. They are sensitive to anything that relates to nature, especially to their natural surroundings. It’s like they can speak another language, the language of nature. They have the gift of growing plants, vegetables, and fruits. It’s easy for them to train animals.
People with navigational intelligence have the ability to steer through a host of demands using data of background scanning. They make decisions based on principles in any given situation.
Creative intelligent people are unconventional, anarchic, flexible, and open. They have the ability to understand how the creative process works as well as how to apply it. Whenever they see a need, they’re able to observe ways of solving that need.
Sensory intelligence is having the insight and awareness of the primitive wiring in our brain and how we apply it in our daily existence. People with sensory intelligence are able to interpret and interact with the world using sensory filters through their senses.
Emotionally intelligent people are able to identify and manage their own emotions and the emotions of others. They’re good at discerning emotions and label them appropriately. They gather emotional information and use them to guide their thinking and behavior. They don’t have difficulty managing their emotions or adjusting it to adapt to the environment.
Intuitive intelligence goes beyond science and analytics. People with this intelligence are able to connect the realms of reality and imagination, reason and instinct, material and spiritual dimensions. They think holistically and establish connections between themselves and others.
Not one person excels in all types of intelligence, but all of us are more or less intelligent in all these types. We are just different mixes of them all. In whatever criteria your intelligence falls, know that the world needs you and is waiting for the contribution you are to impart to the world.
Intelligence or smarts can manifest in many different ways. Sometimes it shows itself in seemingly totally spontaneous manners, things we don’t even connote with someone who is bright. Often those who are very proficient in one area of intelligence are a little lacking in others. A brilliant mathematician may lack an understanding of poetry or abstract art, while a leading physicist may be extremely socially challenged in a similar sense.
There are those lucky few however, that seem to somehow have tapped into many or all of the nuanced forms of intelligence and can function at a uniquely high level of ability in numerous opposing realms. These people tend to share common traits which others might not even consider connected to their intellectual talents. Listed below are 10 of these traits most commonly found among the subtly brilliant.
These people know that to take a staunch position on something is to limit yourself to that position. While they are perfectly capable of forming strong opinions or beliefs, they prefer to stay away from rigid absolutes because they know that one must keep their mind open to new possibilities at all times.
They will always take as much time and energy as they need to deeply and genuinely consider what they want to say before they say it. They will take into account whether it is kind or socially acceptable, whether it is necessary or will add anything to the conversation, and whether or not they feel ready to confront the possible reactions to it. It may seem like a lot of work, but this is usually a momentary process in the head that takes only a few extra seconds of thought.
Intelligent people don’t tend to be interested in small talk. They don’t speak or do things just for the attention or to fill the awkward silence and spaces. They will only become involved in a situation if they think they have something to bring to the table, something that will help or assist in a positive or necessary way. Otherwise they simply won’t interject.
They aren’t worried about fitting in with the crowd because they know sometimes the crowd is boring or even downright wrong. They base their thoughts and opinions on information and fact because they are acutely aware of the great potential human beings have for making mistakes.
This doesn’t mean they won’t consider other people’s feelings on things, but they will always want to form their own individual ideas about it once they’ve obtained as much information as they can.
Only the fool believes that men are infallible. The truly intelligent person will always admit when they’re wrong or they’ve made a mistake. You don’t grow to be wise or well-educated if you can’t accept being incorrect. This also goes for those you might consider personal heroes. You can respect someone greatly for many things and still believe it when they screw up.
Instead of being emotional about it and telling a person they’re just wrong, someone who is very intelligent will instead offer a different perspective. It’s not about winning or losing the argument, it’s about helping the other person to understand things in a different, perhaps better or clearer way. The smart man/woman would rather help someone else come to their own conclusion than force personal opinions on them.
They will always do whatever they can to stay calm and clear-headed. When you allow your emotions and personal bias to inform your speech and behavior, people suffer. Communication just doesn’t happen the way it should and everyone ends up angry or upset. Staying relaxed, trying not to take anything personally and relying on facts and logic are the best way to find a good solution or compromise to any difficult situation.
It may sound cliche, but sometimes the best thing you can do is trust your instincts. Intelligent people know that human beings once relied entirely on their gut for survival, and though we’ve long since evolved past that, our physical feelings can still give us some useful hints for life now. Never deny your instincts, they exist for a good reason.
Too many of us will react to a troublesome issue by sitting around and trying to think our way out of it. While I’m not suggesting that we remove thought from the equation entirely, I am telling you that the truly intelligent know better than to get paralyzed in thought.
At some point you’ve got to take the risk and act, or you’ll be immobilized permanently. No good can come of sitting there and obsessing over your problem, you have to make a plan of action and follow through with it in order to have any hope of progressing.
Most of the time when someone is judging you harshly, what they’re really doing is revealing what type of person they are. Intelligent people don’t worry about judgment or what others are saying about them. They do what feels right and important to them and they don’t bother letting others shame them for it.
They will take into consideration the thoughts of those they greatly admire and respect, and if they think they’re being called out on something they deserve to be called out on, they won’t deny it, but overall their validation comes from within. They simply have more productive things to do than chase the approval of their peers.
Emotional intelligence is one of the essential soft skills in life that’s incredibly important to personal and professional success but often goes overlooked and undiscussed.
In his new book Promote Yourself: The New Rules for Career Success, author Dan Schawbel talks about emotional intelligence and why it’s so critical to thriving in life. It’s probably one of the best books I’ve read this spring and it made me think about what emotional intelligence means to me and how I see this portrayed in everyday life. Are you an emotionally intelligent person? Here’s how to tell.
You notice everything — the way someone hesitates before they speak, the way their eyes light up when they see someone they love. You often notice all the things other people seem to miss and you seek understanding for the logic and motivation behind how people behave. You want to understand the human condition from every angle because it helps give you insight and perspective on your own life.
You love talking to people from varying cultures and backgrounds because you love learning about how other people live and what makes them tick. You enjoy seemingly random interactions with strangers because that’s where you can often learn the most about other people.
You know the things about yourself that make you not such an ideal person and you’re also aware of the things that make you really great. You know you have a bad habit of procrastinating on projects until the last minute or maybe you know you can be a bad communicator at times, but because you’re aware of these things you actively try to work on them when they come up. You also know what makes you excel in life and you’re always looking for ways to improve on those traits.
You don’t believe living in the past or hoping for the future has any value here, in the now. You would rather experience what’s currently happening as deeply and fully as you can instead of reliving the memories of yesterday or the stories of promise for tomorrow. You have accepted your past for what it is and know you can no longer go back, just as you understand your future is merely a dream you like to live in to give you hope but have yet to actually experience.
When you get angry, sad or jealous about something you have a self-awareness about it. You experience your emotions as they’re happening with the perspective of trying to understand why exactly you’re feeling this way. You understand emotions are the way your body processes your thoughts and because of this, you attempt to alter your thoughts before spiraling emotionally out of control.
When an issue comes up between you and another person you would rather deal with it right away than not saying anything at all and letting it create residual problems between you.
You live for yourself and the motivations within. You listen to what people say — your peers, friends, parents, people in your industry — but ultimately, you’re going to seek out a life and achievements based on what drives you deep within yourself.
You feel restless when life becomes stagnant so when you’ve hit a lull you begin to think about how to get out of it. You start considering your interests, job, friends, relationships, and how you could do things differently to improve upon these areas.
You have an ability to make other people feel calm and accepted in your presence. When they’re around you they feel like they can say anything and you aren’t going to judge them for what they’ve done but instead, you’ll actually listen and give constructive feedback. It’s not just one way for you though. You genuinely enjoy connecting with people, whether it’s your friends or family, or random people that talk to you, and listening to what’s going on in their life.
When people talk to you about the struggles they’re currently experiencing, you can often feel and understand their pain, even if it’s something you haven’t personally experienced. You can imagine what it must be like for them and how this obstacle is affecting the rest of their life.
You change your behavior based on who you’re with. This doesn’t mean that you aren’t genuine in your personality but that you’re aware of other people’s moods and you try to match their energy level so you’re on the same wave length.
As soon as you get that subtle hit of your intuition telling you something isn’t right you know you should listen to what your body is telling you and look a bit deeper into the situation before proceeding further.
As much as you understand other people’s desires and you want to help them out, you also understand what’s best for you and your situation. You’re not afraid of other people’s feelings and telling them no when you have to.
You have an inherent sense about people and understand what they want or what they’re thinking without them having to say anything directly about it. Through social cues and behaviors you just get a feeling about things and know when someone is telling you something, even when they’re not saying anything at all.