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“Empowering others to take a balanced approach to their own health and wellness by focusing on all aspects of the whole person.’

“Focusing on the whole person to maximize health and wellness for life.”

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“That faculty of the human mind which receives or comprehends ideas; the understanding faculty; also, the capacity for higher forms of knowledge”

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In 1995 the American Psychological Association put forth the following definition of intelligence: “the ability to understand complex ideas, to adapt effectively to the environment, to learn from experience, to engage in various forms of reasoning, to overcome obstacles by taking thought.”

What is interesting to note in the above-mentioned definition is that intelligence isn’t just about knowledge and understanding of ideas, but it is also about how one lives one’s life—adapting to situations, learning from experience, using thought and reasoning to solve problems.

Here’s another big area, in which it is necessary to have a high degree of compatibility. How well can you get along with your partner if you adapt well to change and your partner is much more fearful and rigid about change? What will happen to the relationship if you were to have to relocate to another part of the country for your career and your partner doesn’t want to move? What if your partner is a chronic gambler, always chasing the dream of ‘winning the big one’—a gambling addiction, or any other addiction, has a definite component of their inability to learn from their experiences?

It can be very frustrating to have a conversation between a highly educated person and one who is more interested in The Simpsons and South Park. And even between two people who are relative intellectual equals as far as IQ is concerned, if one is more of a scientific bent and the other is more interested in social justice it can make conversation and relating difficult.

I used to have a friend whose interests in life were soap operas and children’s cartoons. She would even go so far as to tape them in order to not miss them! I am a voracious reader and she had stacks and stacks of books which I would borrow; I’d ask her if a certain book was any good and she wouldn’t have a clue—she hadn’t read any of them! Needless to say, we weren’t intellectually compatible and the friendship eventually died because there was nothing to nurture—nothing to keep it alive.


Questions To Ask Yourself Regarding Your Intellect


  1.  Do you understand complex ideas and can you discuss them with your partner and others?
  2. Do you use various forms of reasoning and thinking to solve your problems? Can you find new ways of looking at your problems?
  3. Can you adapt effectively to your environment? Can you ignore outside noises and feel at peace in your surroundings no matter what?
  4. Have you learned from your life experiences?
  5. What are your areas of interest?
  6. Do you read regularly? Newspapers? Books? Magazines?
  7. Do you watch TV? What kinds of shows do you like to watch?

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