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The 8th Habit – Finding Your Unique Voice

Recently found this article by one of my favorite authors and thought I'd share it with you. Click on the link to read the whole article. Enjoy!

Better & Better,  Barbara

Stephen R. Covey
Bestselling author of "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People"
Posted: February 21, 2011  

The Four Intelligences

Most people think that intelligence is IQ, in other words, of the mind. But research has demonstrated for many, many years that there are other forms of intelligence. For instance, 70 trillion cells right now are digesting people’s food, fighting disease and doing all kinds of other things, and we’re not even consciously thinking about it. This intelligence is called PQ. 

Even doctors know that they don’t heal, it’s the body that heals. The doctors will facilitate or try to remove obstacles, but basically the healing process is done by the body and the intelligence inside the body. It is an absolutely brilliant machine. 

We all know about IQ, that deals with the power to analyze, to reason, to use logic, and so forth. EQ, before 1980, was called “Brain Dominance Theory.” 

The left side was more the IQ side, the rational, logical mind, and the right side was more what is called today “emotional intelligence,” dealing with intuition, creativity, sensing, holistic thinking. It is not time bound, it doesn’t think linearly. It just is a whole different world of thinking. 

Now, since the research of the last 25 years, there’s extensive data to show that EQ, which deals with emotional intelligence, self awareness, empathy, social skills and so forth, is much more important than IQ.

The final one is SQ, which stands for “spiritual intelligence.” This used to be kind of fringy, but no longer. I just finished reading my sixth book on spiritual intelligence, and it has become mainstream. There’s tremendous empirical data to show that inside of us is a deep need for meaning, for a sense of adding value, for a sense of our life mattering, that it really is significant.

Also, there’s a need for integrity, for living by our conscience, by principles, by those universal principles and values that belong to every religion and every major culture and every philosophy and psychology that has endured.

So those four intelligences, PQ for the body, EQ for the heart, SQ for the spirit and IQ for the mind, when they join together, there’s a synergy that results, and in that synergy, where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, is really the highest form of passion and intelligence and enthusiasm. 

In fact, enthusiasm comes from the Greek root en theo, “God in you.”

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This blog article was published on March 30, 2011.