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Among professionals who take psychology careers, the word "intelligence" is a common term encountered. People also use the word to describe a person who rises above the others in terms of their ability to think and comprehend things. But what really is intelligence? How do experts define the word intellligence?
What is Intelligence? Among professionals who take psychology careers, the word "intelligence" is a common term encountered. People also use the word to describe a person who rises above the others in terms of their ability to think and comprehend things. But what really is intelligence? How do experts define the word intelligence? Definition of Intelligence Simply put, intelligence is the inner and developed capacity of an individual to acquire knowledge, skills, and attitude or KSAs and use these KSAs to practical use. Intelligence, as many experts believe, is not only in terms of intellectual or mental capacity. There is a growing recognition that people also have emotional intelligence or the ability to be sensitive to the emotional needs of other people. They are compassionate to their fellow men. Some people also have different levels of inner and developed agility or capacity to move. This is referred to as physical intelligence. The definition of emotional and physical intelligence is further explored below. The first one is a demonstration of emotional intelligence and the second one, an example of physical intelligence. Emotional Intelligence The candidate medical student easily passed the mental part of the examination as he is a very bright person. In fact, he is very good in memorizing medical terms as well as the names of the different parts of the human anatomy. Upon oral interview, the human resource management personnel who is also a practicing doctor noticed that the applicant is too arrogant in answering questions which aim to measure applicant attitude. When asked about his social life, he said he focuses most of his time to his studies and had no time interacting with friends or classmates. He disdains being in a social setting. The interviewer was not impressed with the attitude of the candidate medical student. The reason: medical doctors should establish good relationships with their patients for them to be useful members of society. If patients dislike the doctor, chances are they will not seek medical help from him. Thus, investments made for training of that doctor will come to naught; he will be become a worthless professional as he cannot put his knowledge and skills to work for the benefit of society. He lacked emotional intelligence. The candidate medical student did not make it to the medical school. Physical Intelligence In any group of individuals studying ballet, there will be individuals who will easily learn the gestures and steps required in performing a musical piece or promptings of the ballet coach. While physical skill is honed, this can be developed by an individual possessing physical intelligence to a maximum, exceptional level. Thus, physical intelligence can range from poor to excellent levels. In summary, intelligence can both be intrinsic or inner or acquired. If a person is not that intelligent mentally, chances are he can do very well in other respects. In teaching students, therefore, the different dimensions of intelligence must be recognized.
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