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Spiritual Intelligence: The Ultimate Intelligence (Bloomsbury Paperbacks) [Paperback]

Danah Zohar , Ian Marshall
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22 Jan 2001 Bloomsbury Paperbacks
At the beginning of the twentieth century psychologists discovered ways and means to measure intelligence that developed into an obsession with IQ. In the mid 1990's, Daniel Goleman popularised research into emotional intelligence, EQ, pointing out that EQ is a basic requirement for the appropriate use of IQ. In this century, there is enough collective evidence from psychology, neurology, anthropology and cognitive science to show us that there is a third 'Q', 'SQ' or Spiritual Intelligence. SQ is uniquely human and, the authors argue, the most fundamental intelligence. SQ is what we use to develop our longing and capacity for meaning, vision and value. It allows us to dream and to strive. It underlies the things we believe in, and the role our beliefs and values play in the actions that we take and the way we shape our lives.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (22 Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747536449
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747536444
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The standard IQ test measures rational intelligence--the skills we use to solve logical or strategic problems. For a long time, IQ results were considered the best measurement of a person's smarts and potential for success. But in the early 1990s Daniel Goleman pointed out that success is also dependent on emotional intelligence--the thinking that gives us empathy, compassion and the ability to respond appropriately to pain or pleasure. Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, authors Danah Zohar and Dr Ian Mitchell claim that there is another important Q to consider--the SQ, otherwise known as Spiritual Intelligence. In fact, the authors assert that "SQ is the necessary foundation for both the IQ and the EQ. It is our ultimate intelligence". They have an excellent point. After all, computers have high IQ, animals often have high EQ, but only humans have SQ--the ability to be creative, change the rules, alter situations and question why we are here. Because the authors are well researched and highly articulate, the entire book makes for intellectually, emotionally and spiritually compelling reading. Chapters include "The God Spot in the Brain", "How We Become Spiritually Stunted", "Six Paths Toward Greater Spiritual Intelligence" and "Assessing My SQ". --Gail Hudson


'An interesting read and will be a useful resource in terms of quotes, historic sources and the ability to make a quick check on your own SQ' PEOPLE MANAGEMENT

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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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In a fragmented global society where intelligence is measured in terms of logical reasoning rather than intuition and insight, and where our mechanistic Newtonian perspective allows us to view matter as a collection of individual building blocks, and people as separate entities, it is not surprising that many of us behave accordingly, with predictable consequences for humanity and the environment.
To connect with each other, we need first to discover the centre of our own being, which is the common ground of all humanity and, according to the revelations of quantum physics, of the whole of manifest reality. This book provides a route map to that centre, integrating key theories of modern physics, psychology and Eastern mysicism to provide a suitable path for each of us, whatever our dominant personality type.
At the very least, this book acknowledges the need for all individuals to seek a higher meaning to life and allows us to look more closely at ourselves and the way we view the world. At best it encourages us to integrate all the different aspects of our personalities, to ground ourselves in a deeper level of reality and to learn to live together in co-operation and harmony.
A brilliant book which will be deeply appreciated by all those who are spiritually intelligent enough to read it.
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Reading the New Golden Bough was one of the most significant experiences of my youth. That book showed the remarkable similarities in the cultural stories and myths across cultures. From reading these perspectives, one arrives at a more fundamental understanding of the relationship between humanity and nature, people and community, and people with themselves.
Reading SQ Connecting with our Spiritual Intelligence left me with a similar feeling. I thought that the opening quotes for the chapters were especially well designed to draw one into the points the authors wanted to make. I got a new sense of how nothingness can provide meaning (such as the hole in the middle of the wheel that allows it to be connected to the source of power).
As someone with a very modest knowledge of psychology, I enjoyed the sections that integrated psychological and religious thinking about the meaning of life. There is a part of the book where you can take personality tests and help focus on the questions that will allow you to make your spiritual journey.
As someone who has been a meditator for some time, I was fascinated by the reports of research on how vibrations provide wholeness in the brain. Certainly, that's what it feels like when I am meditating. I especially like books that provide a new perspective on something that I have been thinking about a lot.
I found the questions for spiritual progress to be quite interesting. They certainly caused me to shift my attention in new ways that will undoubtedly lead to new learning.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in more self-awareness, particularly aimed at getting in touch with one's real nature. If you work in a business, you might also enjoy Rewiring the Corporate Brain, also by Danah Zohar.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Evidence on Human Spirituality 5 Aug 2011
If you wonder whether there is justification in anyone feeling spiritual or wanting to better understand a spiritual dimension of our overall intelligence, this book is a must read. Most significant is that authors come at the potential for spirituality - not from an emotional or spiritual standpoint, but from a scientific one and still prove this human attribute
Gerry Neale
Author of Squaring Circles, a cognitive novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 6 Mar 2013
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good balance of science and spiritual. Well written using lots of up to date science such as MRI scans along with the spiritual side of life to help make sense of a topic which alludes many who try to write about. I got this as a present a few years back (by a like minded friend)and used it over the years as a good reference book. Now I am buying it as a present for a like minded friend. ;-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 10 Nov 2011
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Fascinating. Not sure I get all the quantum physics stuff and the vibrations. But very good nonetheless.

Surprising that there is no recent edition.
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