IQ and Self Esteem – A Measure of Emotional Intelligence

There is growing support for including athletic ability, artistic talent, comfort with wild animals and even rational reasoning in social problem-solving in how we evaluate intelligence. Then there are those who believe having any level of paranormal  awareness is a gift made only to the gifted.  Apparently, one can be people smart, body smart, word smart, self smart, animal smart and picture smart. (No one, as far as I know, is talking about  sexual performance aptitude.) Personally I judge genius in everyone (especially children) by observing their use of language – their speaking, writing ability and verbal expression. There really is no method to my judgment-making.  It just works for me, so I use it.

The word intelligence is frequently used to describe school performance, the capacity to comprehend or to profit from classroom experiences. This type of intelligence is believed (in the absence of disease or trauma) to be fixed, stable, unchanging over a lifetime. Some believe we are born with all the intellectual potential we will ever possess. There is, however, increasing discussion over the role desire and tenacity may have on improving intellectual competence. Can we increase our intelligence through diligence and hard work? Personally, I don’t believe it’s possible. Who knows, really? Alas, because intelligence seems to be an arbitrary concept, made up of a number of unstable, evolving factors and ideas, most definitions of intelligence seem, ultimately, to alienate someone.

I often find myself wondering about the connection between intellectual potential and our contemporary use of the term self-esteem.  Are we deliberately connecting the unstable definition of intellectual ability with the equally unstable definition of self-esteem?  Is it possible to possess good self-esteem without first establishing some exaggerated measure of one’s intelligence quotient (IQ)?  Is it possible to have an average (or less than average) IQ and still maintain a sufficient measure of personal value?

Because IQ appears to be an implicit, highly valued element of our assessment of ourselves (and others), I can only imagine that we will continue to fine tune, rework and manipulate the meaning of intelligence and self-esteem and how these elements are measured.

What makes YOU intellectually SPECIAL?

At some point we will lose our ability to expect that anyone will ever again be reliably average. We will, instead, bend and fold the shape and meaning of IQ – increasing its parameters and boundaries until our definition improves the odds that everyone will confidently claim h/er place among our ever-increasing population of geniuses.


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