My pepper posses some kind of charm where she can talk her way out. One time when she was at the piano, CM, test. She could wiggle words out from the evaluator to hint her how she did at the test. She would talk to me in such a way that prep my mind to accept whatever she was about to say. --She wasn't born like this for sure.
I recalled when Pepper was younger, she would cry and threw temper tantrum if she didn't agree with us or she didn't get whatever she wanted. And she is the kind of child that would always push her limits. I stood my ground--unless the girls could-convince me! Remember, I am not easily convinced. Somehow those encounter sparked her practical intelligence, if you may.
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According to Gladwell, author of Outliers, " 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. And, critically, it is a kind of intelligence separate from the sort of analytical ability measured by IQ. To use the technical term, general intelligence and practical intelligence are "orthogonal":the presence of one doesn't imply the presence of the other.
We see these all the times where some people always able to convince others easier and get what they want and somehow for whatever situations they may be in, they always manage to get out of them easier. They posses the charm --practical intelligence. And for the rest of us, who are quite intelligent, IQ wise, but not practically intelligent, we may find it harder to squirm ourselves out for many situations. But luckily this social savvy is knowledge --can be learned and normally unintentional trained by our families.
Annette Lareau, sociologist, conducted a fascinating study of group taken from two different classes, poor, middle/upper class. To her surprised that children from middle class own the most 'practical intelligence' --middle-class children learn a sense of "entitlement." --Parents from middle-class family tend to let their children negotiate, involved in conversation, speak for themselves, own their own problems.
It is still not too late ... if we find our children lack of the so called, practical intelligence, we still have a lot of chance to tend them--after all they need to posses both intelligence to be successful in this society.
Do you agree with Gladwell, Lareau and Sternberg that we should enhance our practical intelligence to be successful?
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