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Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday's Psychology Trivia Question: IQ Counts 4 What % of Success In Life?


Thought for the Day: Today I am reposting an older trivia question and adding some additional information. Here's Thursday's Psychology Trivia Question:

Psychologists generally agree that among the ingredients for success:


        a)  IQ counts for roughly 10%, 

        b)  IQ counts for roughly 50%,
        c)   IQ counts for roughly 80%, or
        d)  IQ counts for roughly 90%

What do you think the answer is? Read more for the answer.



What did you think the answer was? Be honest. Even I was surprised by the answer:. IQ accounts for a) roughly 10% of a person's success. 
If you thought it was more like 5
0 or 80%, there may be some good reasons for the mistake. IQ or your Intelligence Quota is a very good predictor of academic success & even for future salary; however, when other factors are taken into account, it is not the best predictor of overall success. Studies have found that other variables lead to successful careers. 

We tend to prefer to work with people whom we like more than with those who may be more intelligent. The IQ tests measure parts of intelligence, but have no bearing on others. 

In the book, Emotional Intelligence Daniel Goleman describes some of the attributes not covered well in IQ tests which may be better predictors of success, such as self awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, & social skills. How much time is spent in our schools fostering emotional intelligence? 

If 90% of success is not reflected in the variables measured by IQ tests, are schools missing the mark by focusing on standardized testing of reading, writing & math skills? Why are we not designing more programs that will build Emotional Intelligence? Would we be better off spending more time enhancing our children's social & emotional skills? The importance of teaching children how to deal with differences & learning how to respect one another may not only be important for reducing bullying in our schools, but also for promoting our children's overall success in life. In my book, I have designed a measure of something I call a Dream Quotient or DQ. It helps assess a person's ability to reach for and accomplish their dreams and aspirations in life. Perhaps our schools should be fostering the traits which make up our DQ. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this finding.


You can read more about Emotional Intelligence from these resources:
http://psychology.about.com/od/personalitydevelopment/a/emotionalintell.htm
Wayne Payne tends to be credited for coining the term in his doctoral thesisA Study of Emotion: Developing Emotional Intelligence from 1985 [1]. However, prior to this, it had appeared in Leuner (1966).[2]Stanley Greenspan (1989) also developed an EI model, as did Peter Salovey and John Mayer (1989),[3] and Daniel Goleman (1995).
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