What is the definition of social intelligence? This article also includes tips to improve yours. At one time solely your IQ was widely excepted as the main measurement of Intelligence which determined our ability to succeed.
Professor Howard Gardner developed a theory called (MI) multiple intelligence’s, it’s the theory that a persons overall intelligence is determined by multiple criteria. Social intelligence is one of those criteria.
Social Intelligence Definition
Social Intelligence is a persons ability to interact with other people, this includes an ability to influence others to achieve a result. It also includes a level of social awareness, an awareness of how other people are reacting to you and each other. Also an awareness to things like voice tone and body language and being able to react accordingly.
Why some people struggle with SI (People Skills)
The most common reason would be a simple lack of social interaction during our early ages of development, this could range from a lack a attention from our parents at a very young age. It could also be down to physical development or hormonal problems, which could trigger bullying, causing a lack of confidence or low self esteem which may cause a child to avoid interactions with other children and adults, this avoidance will affect social skill development.
Generally struggling with negative emotions such as anxiety (shyness) or depression which is connected to being high in trait neuroticism. Some people also struggle with regulating their emotions, these can cause relationship issues, or issues with people in general.
Tips to Improve Social Intelligence
Voice Tone and Body Language
During your conversations you should try to heighten your awareness, it’s not just what you say but how you say it. Be mind full of your body language and also your voice tone, they’re actually more important and they communicate more than the words that come out of your mouth.
Be Aware of Peoples Reactions
During your conversations you should be mind full of how people are reacting to you. If someone is moving away from you during your conversation, take it as a sign that they’re ready to end the conversation.
Socialize as much as possible
One way to improve your social intelligence is to simply increase the amount of social interactions you have. Practice making some small talk with complete strangers, but try and keep the interactions short, interesting and light-hearted.
If you’re speaking too fast you could be making it difficult for people to understand what you’re saying, speak slowly and clearly.
Talking about a negative or depressing subject matter can actually affect peoples mood. Emotions can be contagious, if you have a negative influence on them they may avoid future conversations with you.
Have an awareness of your surroundings
Being visually aware of your surroundings, noticing things around you will give you more opportunities for finding conversation starters and subjects.
Watch the news
Keep up to date with the latest news stories, ideally focus more on humorous and light-hearted subjects.