“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” I stumbled on this comment and I was taken by the profound philosophy behind this quote. It subtly mocks at our society’s steadfastness to measure ones abilities through standardization. I would rather say everybody has a talent and the quest is to identify and cultivate that talent! It’s a different proposition whether you end up a Genius or not. So where is the first place in our life where we all get a taste of our talents and abilities? School ?
Were you a straight A student in School. I was definitely not. I was a Straight B student with a sprinkling of A’s here and there. I admit it always felt good to see an A grade on my Report Card. The Straight A students are all hyped and generally labeled as super intelligent. However most of our school curriculum focuses on the standard subjects and if you bring sports, music, inter personal skills, intra personal skills, leadership skills in to the picture performance in school was not a general indicator of how well the so called intelligent students performed later on in their careers. Good performance in school is a sufficient condition but not a necessary condition for future success. The Performance in school is mostly all about academic intelligence which is more in tune with the concept of General Intelligence. But there are outliers a student who is remarkably good in one subject can be exceedingly poor in another. You can be a Rock Star in Mathematics but be a pauper when it comes to language skills. History had such Prodigies who were so gifted one dimensionally like the famed mathematician Ramanujam. This brings to the fore how exactly we define intelligence? Continue reading The Making of A Super Genius. What Defines Intelligence? General Intelligence G factor And The Theory Of Multiple Intelligences.
We have all heard the words Introvert and Extrovert. These are the two words which are very broadly used to group individuals and label them how comfortable each feels in social settings and in the art of social interaction. Its commonly understood Extroverts see them as social butterflies and easily mingle with the crowd, not to say Introverts are not capable of social interaction they feel much more comfortable in their own thoughts and familiar surroundings. Is everybody inherently an Introvert or Extrovert or they acquire such traits as they grow up? This is a very interesting question and I with a deterministic outlook would argue individuals are Introvert or Extrovert by birth and agree they have the potential to mold themselves contrary to what they really are as per the demands of the society. Extending the scope of the discussion Extroversion and Introversion are best described as Personality traits.
We all have our Unique Personality Traits and our Personality Type is a Sum of all the Personality Traits bundled together. Personality Traits share a close relationship with adjectives and in fact are adjectives used to describe a person. Well to be fair all human Personality Traits fall under the umbrella of good and bad adjectives. The more good adjectives used to describe a personality the person is endowed with a lot of positive personality traits on the contrary more the bad adjectives the negative personality traits predominate. Accessible, Amiable, Appreciative, Balanced, Charismatic, Compassionate, Cheerful, Dutiful, Energetic, Enthusiastic, Friendly, Generous are some of the words when associated with our personality we come out as positive personality type. Negative personality types have more in common with the words like Arrogant, Angry, Barbaric, Careless, Charmless, Cynical, Discouraging, and Envious. The list of these adjectives can go on and on but I think I made my point here. Most of us have a mixture of positive personality traits and the negative personality traits. I failed to mention there are also a bunch of traits grouped as neutral personality traits. I would say a positive personality type is a person who can tap into his positive traits consistently all through the highs and lows of life and particularly if the person can let the positive traits predominate during the rough patches and can see life through a positive prism, the negative personality type more leans towards the negative traits most of the times and lets the negative thinking rule the roost during difficult times. Continue reading Personality Traits Personality Type Personality Tests And Personality Evaluation. Understanding Your Personality Type To Maximize Your Potential.