Interpersonal Intelligence

THOUGH PEOPLE have the physical ability to exist individually and alone, we are also social animals who thrive and grow when involved with others. This ability to interact with others, understand them, and interpret their behavior known as interpersonal intelligence. According to Gardner, interpersonal intelligence is seen in how we "notice distinction among others; in particular, contrasts in their moods, temperaments motivations and intentions."

Why do certain people make excellent politicians, leaders, or clergy? A well-developed interpersonal intelligence plays a substantial role in such success. From a psychological and neurological point of view, the connection between interpersonal intelligence and the brain has been explored for generations; damage the frontal lobe, as was once done in the case of lobotomy patients, and you damage that person's personality and her ability to interact well with others. Interpersonal intelligence allows us to affect others by understanding others; without it, we lose the ability to exist socially.

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