What is your Potential?
On September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Thoughts by Mark Erwin on the importance of your Intellectual and Emotional Potential, from his latest book. What are your thoughts?  Have you ever thought about your potential in this way?

What is Your Intellectual Potential?

Most people have no idea of their innate intelligence. The usual form for measuring cognitive ability is the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) study. The classical IQ examination measures several factors of intelligence, namely logical reasoning, math skills, language abilities, spatial relations skills, knowledge retained and the ability to solve novel problems. Several websites have IQ measurement tools worth taking as a starting point. But beware, Edward De Bono, a leading authority in the field of creative thinking and the teaching of thinking as a skill, states, “Many highly intelligent people are poor thinkers. Many people of average intelligence are skilled thinkers. The (horse) power of a car is separate from the way the car is driven.”

What is your Emotional Potential?

Do you control your emotions or do your emotions control you? There is now a way to measure your Emotional intelligence (EI). According to writer and educator Kendra Cherry,[i] this refers to the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. Research suggests that emotional intelligence can be learned and strengthened. The ability to express and control our emotions is important.  So is our ability to understand, interpret, and respond to the emotions of others. Psychologists refer to this ability as emotional intelligence (EI). ”

The best seller Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ [ii] by Dr.Daniel Goleman, a Harvard-educated psychologist and two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, offers startling insight into our “two minds”—the rational and the emotional—and how they together shape our destiny.

The study of emotional intelligence came into the mainstream of mental evaluation in the 1990s, it helped explain why people with average IQs can and do outperform those with the higher IQs. Research now points to emotional intelligence as a critical factor necessary for exceptional success. Emotional intelligence affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. It consists of a flexible set of skills that can be acquired and improved with practice. Although some people are naturally more emotionally intelligent than others, you can develop high emotional intelligence even if you aren’t born with it.[iii]

Emotional intelligence testing measures two primary areas of competence: personal and social.

Personal competence is self-awareness and self-management skills, which focus on you individually and is your ability to stay aware of your emotions and manage your behavior and tendencies. Self-Awareness is the ability to accurately perceive your emotions and stay aware of them as they happen. Self-Management is the ability to use awareness of your emotions to stay flexible and positively direct your behavior.

Social Competence is made up of social awareness and relationship management skills. It is your ability to understand other people’s moods, behavior, and motives in order to improve the quality of your relationships.

Social Awareness is the ability to accurately pick up on emotions in other people and understand what is really going on. Relationship Management is your ability to use awareness of your emotions and the others’ emotions to manage interactions successfully. A number of indicators have been developed over the years to measure emotional intelligence.[iv]

Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer are leading researchers in the field of emotional intelligence. In their article “Emotional Intelligence[v],” they define emotional intelligence as, “the subset of social intelligence that involves the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions.”


[iii] Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, TalentSmart, 2009

[v] Salovey & Mayer on Emotional Intelligence (1990)

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