The understanding of intelligence has been a pursuit adopted by many fields in the arts and sciences throughout time, with great effort and diligence poured into investigating what being smart really means, and how this attribute might best be measured. A great number of theories and methods have been developed over the years, some of which have been used in society to establish who is smart, or how smart they are, while others wait dormant in the laboratory or classroom to be more deeply explored. The desire to be smart is strong among the modern population, as such an attribute is widely associated with being happier, more productive, and, perhaps most attractively, better paid. In the face of such preoccupation with being or becoming smart, a book recently written by Harvey Deustchendorf, The Other Kind of Smart, suggests that the traditional conception of intelligence may leave out an important component of modern life: emotional intelligence.
The book explores the ways in which emotional intelligence has gained understanding in recent years as ideas about intelligence itself become more fragmented. A popular theory about the state of being smart suggests that there is not one but several ways in which people may be intelligent. This can extend to kinetic intelligence, social intelligence, analytical intelligence, and several other types. Emotional intelligence, while it may not have too much of a helping hand to lend in the presence of complex mathematical problems, may nevertheless be an attractive type of intelligence for its ability to propel people toward personal prosperity.
The book aims to bring knowledge about the importance of being emotionally intelligent to a wider audience, using ideas and examples that stretch from personal life to the working environment. Those who retain a high level of emotional intelligence, suggests the text, are in a much greater position to realize successful, happy relationships and to experience greater achievements and recognition in the workplace. The book may go a long way toward helping professionals and clients alike understand their intelligence in a whole new light.
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