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Invest In The Right Type Of Intelligence

Invest In The Right Type Of Intelligence
Intelligence is highly priced anywhere you go. People with high IQ are often sought after in the working world and well thought of. In the past, intellectual ability (IQ) seemed to be the determining factor for whether a person was selected in top schools or at big corporations. These days however, emotional intelligence has risen in rank and could almost, if not, be more important in determining one’s potential.

Simply putting, is it good to only be book smart, or is it better to be street smart? What kind of intelligence will actually help you survive well in today’s cut throat society? More and more jobs and industries are valuing emotional intelligence over technical or intellectual capabilities because this is how management sieves out the crème de la crème.

So if emotional intelligence (EI) is so valued, wouldn’t you want to know where you stand on the scale? In fact, unlike IQ, EI can be learned and improved over time. So try this test to see where you stand.

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

The Global Emotional Intelligence Test (GEIT) is based on Daniel Goleman’s four quadrant Emotional Intelligence Competency Model (2002).

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Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise, understand and manage emotions in ourselves and others. Goleman divides Emotional Intelligence into four clusters or quadrants known as of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness and Relationship Management (also popularly known as “people skills”).

To read in detail what each cluster reflects after you have completed the test, click here.

The GEIT

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    The GEIT uses 40 questions which are derived from the Global EI Capability Assessment instrument, which contains 158 items.

    The GEIT, is a forced-choice psychological test which requires you to chose one statement in each pair of statements that describes you best. For each pair of statements, select the statement that best applies to you. It usually takes about 10 minutes to complete the test.

    Why is Emotional Intelligence Important?

    Goleman’s (1998) findings indicated that Emotional Intelligence contributes 80 to 90% of the competencies that distinguish outstanding leaders from average leaders. Some of the behaviors identified include:
    – The ability to recognise and understand their own moods, emotions and drives as well as their effect on others;
    – The ability to control or redirect disruptive impulses, moods and to think before acting;
    – The passion to work for reasons beyond money or status and the propensity to pursue goals with energy and persistence;
    – The ability to understand the emotional makeup of other people and the skill in treating people according to their emotional reactions; the proficiency in managing relationships, building networks and the ability to find common ground and build rapport.

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    You Can Train Up Your EI but Not Your IQ

    In professional and technical fields, the typical entry-level threshold IQ is 110 to 120. It is generally considered that your IQ, which is largely genetic, will change little from childhood. Since everyone is in the top 10% or so of intelligence, IQ itself offers relatively little competitive advantage.

    EI on the other hand can be learned at any age. Growing your competency in EI is not easy or quick, as it takes perseverance in the process of critical self-evaluation, commitment to improvement and of course behavioural practice. It is also important to note, that competence in Emotional Intelligence does not necessarily increase with age as you might expect. Some people may learn from life’s experiences, but many do not.

    By taking the GEIT, you will have better awareness of where you stand with your EI and this will serve as a guide to which EI areas you are doing well in and those which perhaps you need to focus on for development.

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    Take the Global Emotional Intelligence Test here.

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    What Is Self Actualization? 13 Traits of a Self-Actualized Person

    What Is Self Actualization? 13 Traits of a Self-Actualized Person

    Have you ever heard of self-actualization? As someone who has been a personal development junkie for several years now, I was shocked to learn about self-actualization recently.

    When I came across the term, I couldn’t help but think, “What is this self-actualization thing, and how have I gone so many years without hearing about it?”

    Maybe you’re in the same boat. Perhaps you’ve read up on tons of other topics like self-limiting beliefs, how to gain more self-awareness, how to be more self-confident, but you’ve never heard of self-actualization.

    Don’t fret! I’m going to give you a crash course on what self-actualization is and which 13 traits are most commonly found in a self-actualized person.

    What is Self Actualization?

    When I explore a new topic, I can’t help but start with examining the definition. This one comes from Google Dictionary:

    “The realization or fulfillment of one’s talents and potentialities, especially considered as a drive or need present in everyone.”

    In my research, I found that the concept of self-actualization came from Abraham Maslow. Maslow was an American psychologist who is best known for his hierarchy of innate human needs. Like all hierarchy’s, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is listed in order of priority and is often represented as a pyramid.

      At the bottom are physiological needs, such as food and water. Up from there is safety and then belongingness, which would include intimate relationships and friends. Above belongingness is esteem or things like prestige and the feeling of accomplishment.

      On the very top of Maslow’s hierarchy rests self-actualization. And as we’ve seen in the definition, this means that the highest of human needs is to achieve one’s full potential.

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      So, if becoming a self-actualized person means realizing our greatest talents and achieving our greatest potential, how do we go about doing that? How do we achieve self-actualization?

      13 Traits of a Self-Actualized Person

      Let’s start by examining the top 13 traits of a highly self-actualized person and work backward from there.

      1. They Practice Acceptance

      Self-actualized people accept themselves and other people as they are, and they have no expectations for how people should be otherwise. They understand that no one is perfect, and they accept their own quirks, desires, and flaws as well as those of others.

      While many people wish they were different in some way, self-actualized people do not. They love themselves for who they are, and they do not apologize or feel guilt or shame for who they are.

      2. Self-Actualized People Are Authentic and True

      A self-actualized individual has a strong sense of who they are. They have a deep understanding of their beliefs and values, and they live in congruence with those beliefs and values.

      Because they accept and understand themselves, they are authentic and true to themselves. They do not pretend to be anything they are not. Not only are self-actualized people authentic, but they seek authenticity as well, both in people and in the world. They are quick to spot dishonesty.

      3. They Possess a Strong Sense of Realism

      Another characteristic of a self-actualized person is their sense of realism.

      To the average person, self-actualized people seem to have sound judgment or excellent gut instincts, but it’s far more than that. Their ability to logically and rationally evaluate the world allows them to spot dishonesties, fakes, and inconsistencies.

      Self-actualized people seek truth in everything they encounter, which gives then a keen ability to see behind the scenes more often than most people.

      4. They Live in the Here and Now

      Because self-actualized people are accepting and are grounded in reality, they are exceptionally good at living in the here and now. Self-actualized people do have goals, but they don’t focus on the future at the expense of the present.

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      For the self-actualized, the journey towards a goal is just as important as achieving the goal, if not slightly more so.

      5. The Self-Actualized Are Autonomous and Independent

      Self-actualized people are highly independent and do not conform to the norms of society. They do not depend on people, the world, or any external factors for their happiness. Instead, they draw satisfaction from their own development and personal growth.

      They are comfortable being alone, and because they are so independent, self-actualized people are not bothered by the opinions that others may have about them. They accept themselves as they are, and the opinions of others cannot change that.

      6. They Have Excellent Moral Intuition

      Self-actualized people do not allow themselves to be molded by culture or by society. They have an excellent moral compass, and they are deliberate about their decisions. They reject what they see as bad or evil, and they adopt what they see as good.

      Because they are driven by their own moral intuition, they have a strong code of ethics that cannot be swayed by society.

      The self-actualized do not accept everything as black and white, right or wrong, They evaluate all sides of an issue and make their own decisions based on what they believe to be right and just.

      7. Self-Actualize People Seek Growth and Development

      Self-actualized people not only draw happiness from personal growth, but they are also intrinsically motivated to develop their potential.

      They have moved beyond Maslow’s first four hierarchies are no longer motivated by basic human needs. They know that they are capable of more in life and they’re driven to see how much they can grow.

      They also view their growth as a tool to help more people, not just themselves.

      8. They are Problem-Solving, Humanitarians

      Self-actualized people have a genuine desire to help the human race. They are quick to spot problems in the world and, because they are problem solvers, they don’t hesitate to look for solutions.

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      This genuine desire to help is not rooted in personal gain, glory, recognition, or any other self-serving motive. Self-actualized people have a strong sense of purpose and want to leave the world better than they found it.

      9. They Have a Strong Sense of Purpose

      Because self-actualized people are humanitarians and they seek never-ending personal growth. They often times adopt a mission or purpose that is far beyond themselves or their own needs.

      This mission is typically meant to solve a problem for the good of all mankind and gives them a powerful sense of purpose. This purpose demands much of their energy, and they are more than happy to spend their time making a significant impact on the world.

      10. The Self-Actualized Person Seeks Peak Experiences

      Self-actualized people seek frequent peak experiences. These are not everyday experiences of joy—they are experiences that involve a heightened sense of wonder, awe, or ecstasy—a feeling of transcendence.[1]

      Peak performances tend to be highly significant to one’s life. They are fulfilling, thrilling, intrinsically rewarding, and in many cases, feel very spiritual.

      While rare, peak experiences can happen for anyone at any time, those who are self-actualized deliberately seek out these experiences routinely.

      11. They Embrace the Unknown

      While most people fear the unknown, self-actualized people embrace it. Self-actualized people understand that to grow as a person, you have to step beyond your comfort zone and into the unknown.

      Self-actualized people seek to reach their full potential, which means they have to explore the unknown. They cannot reach their full potential by staying where they are. They cannot cling to the familiar.

      They do not fear the unknown. Instead, the self-actualized welcome and embrace the unknown—they accept it and learn from it. They are not afraid of the many curve balls that life tends to throw their way.

      12. They Are Unconventional and Spontaneous

      Because they are not afraid of the unknown, self-actualized people tend to be very spontaneous and unconventional. While they are able to follow most social and cultural expectations, they have no problem doing their own thing when they decide it’s appropriate.

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      They do not feel confined by the norms of society and are willing to explore the unknown world beyond those expectations, even if the new experience is not a social norm.

      13. They Have a Thoughtful Sense of Humor

      Self-actualized people have a deep and thoughtful sense of humor. They are very good at finding the humor in most situations, and they enjoy laughing at themselves.

      On the other hand, they never use humor to embarrass or ridicule other people, and they never make jokes at the expense of others.

      The Path to Self-Actualization

      So there you have it: 13 traits that self-actualized people share. To get on the path to self-actualization, you can study these traits and seek to live a life that mirrors them.

      There’s no step-by-step plan to follow to become self-actualized. However, these 13 traits offer you a guide to becoming more self-actualized over time. Remember, becoming self-actualized is not a destination; it’s a journey.

      You can learn to be more present in your life, to accept yourself and those around you, and to be more spontaneous and unconventional. You can work towards finding your purpose in life, to becoming more humanitarian, and embracing the unknown.

      As you live your life, focus on improving these 13 areas of your life, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming self-actualized.

      Good luck!

      Featured photo credit: Denys Nevozhai via unsplash.com

      Reference

      [1] Very Well Mind: Peak Experiences in Psychology

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