Is EQ more important than IQ?

I have never been a huge fan of IQ tests, yes funny considering all the IQ tests on this website, but I’ve only ever considered the tests themselves as very subjective. Take them for a bit of fun, but never take them too seriously. If you score well then great, but if you score low then its no big deal. There are thousands of IQ tests out there, some are based on general knowledge, some are based on pattern recognition or math problems. The problem is that the questions selected for a particular IQ test doesn’t truly reflect a person’s real IQ but how well people can do those sets of questions on that particular test.

Some people are going to be more suited to some tests than others, as some people will be more familiar with the certain topics. So a person that is very familiar with solving mathematical equations should do better than a person not so familiar with mathematical equations, but the same person could have a lower estimated IQ when doing a IQ test based more on general knowledge. So, you can see why I don’t see them as more than just a little fun? The solution is to ask as many questions as possible ranging from as diverse range of topics as possible.

These tests would no longer be practical as the number of questions we need to get any reasonably accurate IQ figure would take too long. The perfect IQ test would have to have an infinite number of questions, sadly, most of us get bored when we reach the first 50 questions! So what about Emotional Intelligence (or Emotional Quotient , E. Q. )? Well, after the craze of IQ tests people are starting to get on the band wagon of EQ tests. The study of EQ or Emotional Intelligence is still not quite defined and explored as much as traditional raw intelligence and their corresponding tests.

It essentially revolves around how we deal with our own emotions and how we react to the emotions of others. The basis being that you can be an extremely intelligent person or have a very high IQ but if you can’t put it into practice then there’s not much point having such a huge melon! A good example for any of you that has seen the BBC TV show “Million Dollar Traders” may remember one of the contestants, Cleo. Apparently a very bright person, but is emotional crippled every time she has to make a decision trading on the stock market and can not handle the pressure.

There are also more and more terms starting to pop up – SQ (Social or Spiritual Intelligence), and FQ (Financial Intelligence), but that’s another story. The point is there are different types of intelligence, some easier to measure than others. Take a look at the picture below: Doesn’t a picture tell a thousand words! This is basically suggesting that there is a lot more below the surface, or a lot more to how a person can perform than just their obvious intelligence level. I like to think that this is true not only for Emotional Intelligence (EQ) but a whole range of other types of intelligence.

As they say, don’t judge a book by it’s cover! If we think about it, emotions are a very powerful thing. Emotions can motivate us or motivate others, driving people through good leadership not just good management. Somebody once asked me when I was young “What is the difference between a good manager and a good leader? ” Think about it. What do you think is more important? How do we measure Emotional Intelligence? With IQ the fundamental process is relatively easy. Measure people’s emotions and reactions are a lot harder. We can say how we think we will react to a particular situation, but how do we know until it comes down to crunch time.

think EQ is more important than IQ for the success or failure of a student in this world. IQ’s may be based on a student’s level of knowledge but EQ’s are the level of a student’s ability to emotionally judge situations and/or fit into groups by managing their personal interactions. EQ or Emotional Quotient is a measure of your ability to notice and then manage your interior and exterior perceptions of your feelings and then control your reactions. Your mood will always control your ability to resolve problems making this an important skill to develop and use. Using a well developed EQ will help you manage your emotions.

And developing a higher EQ can be done quite easily. IQ or Intelligence Quotient is a measure of intelligence. A way to rate this for any individual is by taking an IQ test. An IQ test measures different types of abilities:verbal, memory, mathematical, spatial, and reasoning. This test has a preset standard based on a representative group of the population. The majority of people rank in at about 90-110. Generally, IQ tests actually test general intelligence. Many experts feel IQ tests are a measure of an individual’s problem solving ability and not an actual measure of general intelligence.

The debate about the validity and importance of IQ and EQ continues in professional circles and testing groups. Most large US businesses now screen any potential employees using some form of EQ test. Necessary social skills that a student needs are associated with high levels of EQ or emotional intelligence. If a student does not develop the EQ skills needed to successfully transverse the maturation process he or she will be left in a situation of having the intelligence to functionally work or play but not have the emotional skills to successfully work or play, thus limiting their potential future.

They may have received good grades on tests in school classes but without a working high level of EQ they are unable to function as adult people in an adult world. All the thing I wrote hire are my opinion. While I was doing my research I read lost of interesting comments on different articles, what do exactly people think about EQ or IQ and all of the opinions were different. For example Mark Eaton 36 years old from California says : I went to school with a guy who had an incredible intellect but no ability to interact with human beings – must have been a lonely existance.

Simon Rogers from Washington DC : There is a character I know who has an IQ in excess of 160. But he was hopeless with woman, his clients, and anyone other than close friends and family. This are people who think that EQ is more important, like I do. But there are people who think that for better carrier you need more IQ than EQ. So I don’t think that there is the correct answer for everyone, because everything depends upon the person and the situation.

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