Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Developing multiple intelligences

Man from time immemorial has been looking for more success for self and the society. Though success can be defined in different ways and it has different meaning for different people but, one simple way of understanding success is to look at what one wanted to achieve and how much part of the same has been achieved. This target can be set for an individual by the individual and also by the group of the people or an organization for the growth of the entire group of the people or the organization. Success is a relative aspect and it is difficult to see it in absolute terms. Till a few decades back we had an impression that to be successful in life it is very important to be intelligent. What I mean is that earlier IQ was considered to be the basic criteria for a person to be successful. The next factor considered was the experience of the person. But it was observed that though some people were equipped with high IQ and had enough experience working in an organization yet other people who were apparently with less IQ level and experience were more successful than them. Then the idea of emotional intelligence was tossed up. Though people have known about EQ for quite long now but it has not been given the importance that it deserved. Mr. Coleman and other people have done extensive work on this subject and we can have many books in the market available based on the research done many people. I came across one such book recently written by Travis Bradeberry and Jean Greaves. This book talks about the emotional intelligence in a very simple manner and I am sure everyone can understand and comprehend the same easily. It has been rightly said by psychologists and the researches that emotional intelligence has not found its due importance in education system also. We have been emphasizing more on cognitive part and the emotional part found a back seat in the process. But we all must understand that the emotional part is very important for the person to be successful in life. In the last few years, our government and also the central board of secondary education has taken some important and revolutionary steps to include emotional part also. Though, the present scenario may be giving a feeling that the concept of EQ is limited to the evaluation part only. CCE is a process which evaluates all facets of the personality of an individual child. In this case, we do not talk about success or failure but developing the skills of the children to be successful and as mentioned above emotional intelligence is an extremely important aspect and a tool for success. It has also been found that EQ can be improved and the same has been done in different ways. The researchers have found different ways of measuring EQ and developing it further. Bradberry and Greaves write that there are important aspects which make a person what he/she is. These are IQ, EQ and the personality. These three factors combine to make a person more or less successful. The question which was raised by the people how to measure EQ has also been answered now.  If a person has to be successful then he should understand two aspects. One is personal competence and the other is social competence and both help the person to be successful. The personal competence can be divided further into self awareness and social awareness. The social competence can be accordingly divided as social awareness and relationship management. If an individual wants to improve his/her EQ

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