Spotlight on Intelligence
Scientists and psychologists have argued for decades about the possibility of increasing intelligence. Many neuroscientists believe that intelligence is innate and cannot be changed, while others enable us to believe in the infinitesimal limitlessness of our nature. Innate traits may have an impact on intelligence, but in fact there are many ways to increase intelligence.
Increasing intelligence is the sum total willingness of an individual to be able to develop an expansion in the ability to acquire knowledge and skills. An individual can increase their intelligence capacity through utilizing challenges that arise to their advantage, a no shortcut mentality, and being open to new experiences.
The major part of intelligence is the perceived capacity to grasp new information, absorb it, and then employ new knowledge towards the general platform of intelligence. The platform is a foundation of all learned processes because when we gain understanding in one aspect, other aspects get more reliable as well - more rounded. This presumes intelligence to be a fertile trainable system. All humans can increase their brain health and cognitive ability of intelligence no matter their starting point.
An increase in intelligence comes with stepping out of the comfort zone. Learn to understand that the battle is with yesterday's version of you. This previous version has accustomed itself to have a ‘way things work’ mentality. A preset bias in anything might not let new information seep in through the pores of understanding. Previously mentioned, the foundation of intelligence that is applicable to all new doings will be upgraded when people venture out of the comfort zone. Ever new experiences add to the diversity of interpreting further information. Once our brain realizes this is normal to be uncomfortable, there will be a new norm set. The only way to achieve this is to be open.
Be open to new experiences because this will inevitably open a person to seek new information. New experiences will reshape previously held dogmas that may, at times, dull our intelligence and understanding. Maybe that’s why Socrates says: “I know that I know nothing,” he lets his horizons be open for anything new that may come in. When a person lives with the ‘I already know it all’ perception, many interesting ideas and additions to the foundation of one's intelligence, are missed out. Maybe learning a new mnemonic device can aid the increase of memorizing new skills!
New experiences and being open to the world allow a person not only to accept new things - increasing one's intelligence by doing so but also other people. Empathetically responding to human interactions increases the chances to find better grounds for understanding in the field of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand and use one's own emotions in a positive way to effectively communicate, defuse conflicts, build stronger relationships, and in general - manage emotions for the better acceptance of others. It inevitably ties in with intelligence because when we learn new things and educate ourselves, we begin to see all people are different. Still, despite our differences, we can learn to respect each other. From respectable relationships grows amazing progress in overall intelligence and the increase of emotional intelligence.
Easy-going painless communication is key in a household, career, public transport, and everywhere else there could be interactions with others. Openness to other people is comforting when one’s intelligence is open as well. This freedom triggers dopamine, which results in higher motivation. The energy in a person's body may experience an increase. Motivation will fuel engagement with a new task and new people. Equals out to more newly re-established neuron connections, the brain’s pistons begin to fire with much clarity. New links for better-engaged learning become achievable!
No shortcuts, learn by doing! Do things without a phone at hand - count numbers in your head, remember directions from memory, and instead of Google, ask somebody around, apply critical thinking. The brain needs exercise just as muscles do. Cognitive skills might suffer when relied upon technology too much. This is undoubtedly a great way to increase intelligence in adults. Be more hands-on, and keep a fresh mind, being engaged in everyday life. Personal finance will significantly benefit from this as well because there will be nothing in the way, just another opportunity to grow, reassess and move on with a newly acquired skill that will help increase the financial situation of a person. Do not rely on modern appliances too much - they might be helpful, but what will happen to spell check with pen and paper?
Be afraid not of new things! The increase in emotional intelligence and the increase of intelligence, in general, will make life easier. Being able to approach a new problem, recognize what it consists of, and to ‘figure it out’ will serve as a step closer to solving a more complex problem. Ultimately, this is something worth walking towards. We do not have to be making a full-on sprint but gradually crawl into the walking on the path to increased intelligence.
Do not think you are too old or too young to start working on the increase of your intelligence. We will all experience our journey, and through the openness of sharing and caring, we will be able to create stress-free, friendly environments for engaged learning collectively. Be motivated, have fun along the way and see how many new people and journeys you will become a part of - be open to new things.