For Educators

Personal Intelligence in the Classroom

Personal Intelligence can serve as an assigned reading in courses related to psychology, and particularly in the area of personality and social psychology. Students may appreciate reading a book that is less formal than a typical textbook, and yet provides accurate coverage of contemporary research related to the discipline.

The section below, “Coverage of topics,” describes some of the areas covered in Personal Intelligence in the disciplinary language of personality and social psychology.

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Coverage of Topics in Personality and Social Psychology in the Language of the Academic Discipline

The following is a short list of some of the coverage included and how it can support courses in psychology and related disciplines:

  • Does Personality Matter?…And Other Preliminaries A history of the person-situation debate; issues concerning how we perceive and judge one another; history of emotional intelligence.
  • Chapter 1. What is Personal Intelligence? Coverage of the field of intelligence through the 20th century, with attention to broad intelligences such as emotional and practical intelligences.
  • Chapter 2. Clues to Ourselves: Concealed and Revealed Coverage of person-perception literature, with a focus on accurate clues to personality
  • Chapter 3. The People Out There Psychological testing and the nature of clinical assessment; mental models and how people use them to understand one another
  • Chapter 4. Feeling Information Neuropsychological substrates of trait information; hot information; Freudian defense mechanisms and current research on them; consciousness and introspection
  • Chapter 5. A Guide to Making Choices Self-determination theory, Holland’s occupational hexagon, transference and significant-other schemata
  • Chapter 6. Growing Up with Personal Intelligence. Developmental studies on mind-reading, the growth of trait understanding in elementary and middle school; identity development
  • Chapter 7. Personal Intelligence in Adulthood. Personality development in adulthood including stage and process theories; works by Levinson and Helson among others.
  • Chapter 8. The Power of Personality. Issues including understanding introspection and its limits; modifying personality in the workplace; claims by the human potential movement; applications of personality assessment in clinical psychology, career counseling and human resources.
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