There is an old myth that being intelligent consists of knowing more, calculating quickly or understanding complex concepts without difficulty. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, all that is fine, but it is not the only determining your intelligence (even if you have been led to believe so).
Other aspects that are just as important also determine your intelligence, such as how you relate to and manage your emotions, your ability to anticipate a conflict or how you understand your body.
4 types of intelligence are key to success in all aspects of your life.
1. Mental Intelligence
This is the most popularly known. It refers to the ability to reason, learn and solve problems, have critical thinking, and have the curiosity to be informed, learn more and question realities.
This ability develops as you learn through academic training, reading, talks or looking for any information to acquire more knowledge. It is about promoting learning since the more you train, the less effort it will cost your brain.
2. Intuitive intelligence
It refers to a combination of reason and analytical skills that leads you to make good decisions despite not having all the information possible and knowing the result. It is far from magic: it is based on knowledge and experience.
The sociologist Malcolm Gladwell calls these processes blink (blinking) and talks about them as moments in which, thanks to intuition, we reach quick conclusions through previous experiences and the associated emotions.
It is important to be active in listening and observing to improve it. Please pay attention to your sensations and find out where they come from. Normally, they are associated with personality and stored information.
3. Emotional intelligence
This concept is one of the best known, and it is a vital aspect because, even if you have other traits, they will only serve you for your benefit if you know how to manage the emotional part. Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage both your emotions and those of others.
We cannot deny that emotions play a very important role in the day-to-day life with you and the rest. This intelligence is worked through self-knowledge, a long but effective path. You can practice meditation, psychological therapy or work on empathy and active listening.
4. Somatic intelligence
It is the intelligence that is connected with the physical plane. It deals with the ability to understand your body -it’s not always easy- and how what happens to you and the habits you have to affect it. The reason is that the body is wise, but you must often listen to it, know how to understand it and connect with yourself.
Mastering this trait is vital for well-being since what happens to you or worries you appear before in the stomach, muscles or skin than in your head. You must be attentive to your bodily sensations to work on somatic intelligence. Disciplines like yoga work on this connection and help you to be in the present moment, just like meditation.