Increasing Intelligence

June 18, 2011 at 6:06 pm • Posted in UncategorizedNo comments yet

This week I have been spending a lot of time on my first year doctoral paper. It has been a hard task, but I can also see the finish line. The process of working on the paper alone is increasing my own thinking and causing me to think about, dream, and imagine things that I had never considered before. It is also very humbling, hard and yet boosts my confidence. One of the readers I have enjoyed as of late and have used in my paper is Malcom Gladwell. He talks about something called ‘practical intelligence.’ Here is what that means:


“Practical intelligence includes things like “knowing what to say to whom, knowing when to say it, and knowing how to say to for maximum effect.” It is procedural: it is about knowing how to do something without necessarily knowing why you know it or being able to explain it. It’s practical in nature: that is. It’s not knowledge for its own sake. It’s knowledge that helps you read situations correctly and get what you want.”


As a person of passion, this is one area of my life that I would really love to grow in. It makes a difference in all areas of our life and creates the kind of wisdom and restraint that Proverbs talks about. I am hoping to make this more of a priority in my own life.