“As expressed earlier, the four magnificent parts of our nature consist of body, mind, heart and spirit. Corresponding to these four parts are four capacities, or intelligences, that all of us possess: our physical or body intelligence (PQ), our mental intelligence (IQ), our emotional intelligence (EQ) and our spiritual intelligence (SQ). These four intelligences represent our third birth-gift.”Excerpt From: Stephen R. Covey. “The 8th Habit.” Apple Books.
“When we speak of intelligence, we usually think in terms of Mental Intelligence (IQ), that is, our ability to analyze, reason, think abstractly, use language, visualize and comprehend. But this is far too narrow an interpretation of intelligence.”
“The Physical Intelligence (PQ) of the body is another kind of intelligence we are all implicitly aware of but often discount. Just think about what your body does without any conscious effort. It runs your respiratory, circulatory, nervous and other vital systems. It is constantly scanning its environment, destroying diseased cells and fighting for survival.”
“Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is one’s self-knowledge, self-awareness, social sensitivity, empathy and ability to communicate successfully with others. It is a sense of timing and social appropriateness, and having the courage to acknowledge weaknesses and express and respect differences. Prior to the nineties, when EQ became a hot topic, it was sometimes described as right-brain capacity, as distinguished from left-brain capacity. The left brain was considered the more analytic, the site of linear thinking, language, reasoning and logic; the right brain, the more creative, the site of intuition, sensing and holistics. The key is respecting both sides and exercising choice in developing and using their unique capacities. Combining thinking and feeling creates better balance, judgment and wisdom.”
“The fourth intelligence is Spiritual Intelligence (SQ). Like EQ, SQ is becoming more mainstream in scientific inquiry and philosophical/ psychological discussion. Spiritual Intelligence is the central and most fundamental of all the intelligences because it becomes the source of guidance of the other three. Spiritual intelligence represents our drive for meaning and connection with the infinite.”