“Rudiments of Social Intelligence”

(Summary of Article)


In this article the Goleman presents four components of interpersonal intelligence. These components are skills that people have that help them communicate with others, and if put all of them together the results include “…charm, social success, even charisma.” (76). The first component is “Organizing Groups” which involves the essential skills of a leader, “…this involves initiating and coordinating the efforts of a network of people.” (75). The second component is “Negotiating Solutions”. This component describes the skill to prevent conflicts or solving any that may exist. The third is “Personal Connection” which is the “talent” that people have to recognize the emotions in a group so that he/she can decide how to enter into an encounter. The fourth is “Social Analysis” which is similar to “Personal Connection” because it involves the skill of “being able to detect and have insights about people’s feelings, motives, and concerns” (76).  Adopting these components to our own communication skills can enable us to communicate with more ease with another person or a group.


The rest of the article then goes to explain different examples of children that have shown excellent interpersonal intelligence at their young age.  Studies have shown those children that develop these skills have a better chance of being outgoing and better in communicating when they reach adulthood. Children that do not develop their interpersonal intelligence are usually the ones who “… don’t know how to join a game gracefully, who touch others in ways that make for discomfort rather than camaraderie…” (79). Some ways to help these children are by teaching them the “essential” communicating skills that most children are taught by their parents. For example, teaching them how to say “Thank you”, “Your Welcome”, “Please”, and making eye contact.


Finally, by practicing these components we will not only become better communicators because of how aware it will make us about those who communicate around us but also because of all of the reasons mentioned in the following: “Those who are adept in social intelligence can connect with people quite smoothly, be astute in reading their reactions and feelings, lead and organize, and handle the disputes that are bound to flare up in any human activity.” (76).


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