Book Smarts vs. People Smarts: New Study Reveals Why EQ May Matter More Than IQ

By , in PR PR World on .
The combination of strong emotional intelligence and book smarts contributes immensely to personal and professional success, but even high EQ alone is advantageous.

Book smarts can only take you so far. People smarts is just as important – perhaps even more so.

IQ helps us understand how this world functions; EQ helps us function in this world.

MONTREAL, Canada April 28, 2018

Without logical intelligence, our ability to reason out problems and find viable solutions would be limited. Balancing a budget is a challenge without mathematical intelligence, while writing emails or book reports and crossing the street safely will prove more than troublesome without linguistic and kinesthetic intelligence, respectively. However, mental prowess offers, at most, a narrow understanding of how we function in our complex world.

Logic or mathematical intelligence won’t help when trying to comfort a grieving friend. Linguistic or kinesthetic intelligence won’t offer any insight into why a person feels angry all the time, or is dissatisfied with their life or relationships. This is where emotional intelligence steps in. And while people may be able get a good education and a decent job relying solely on their book smarts, it’s only half of the success equation – it doesn’t guarantee a rewarding professional and personal life. EQ enhances the life experience, and may even be able to compensate for a less than stellar IQ.

Analyzing data from 34,809 people who took their Emotional Intelligence Test, PsychTests’ researchers found that while the combination of high EQ and high IQ (as measured by grades in school) can prove advantageous personally and professionally, strong emotional intelligence alone can still result in a successful and fulfilling life. Here’s what their study revealed:

(Note: A high IQ is measured by top grades in school; a low IQ is measured by failing grades in school)

SOCIO-ECONOMIC STATUS

Of those in the $75,000 or higher economic bracket:

  •     43% have a high IQ and EQ
  •     37% have a high IQ but low EQ
  •     31% have a low IQ but high EQ
  •     16% have a low IQ and EQ

JOB PERFORMANCE

Of those whose performance at work was rated as “Good” or “Excellent”:

  •     72% have a high IQ and EQ
  •     38% have a high IQ but low EQ
  •     63% have a low IQ but high EQ
  •     16% have a low IQ and EQ

SOCIAL POPULARITY

Of those who are popular:

  •     70% have a high IQ and EQ
  •     37% have a high IQ but low EQ
  •     62% have a low IQ but high EQ
  •     29% have a low IQ and EQ

FREQUENCY OF CONFLICT

Of those who rarely find themselves getting into arguments or conflicts:

  •     68% have a high IQ and EQ
  •     32% have a high IQ but low EQ
  •     65% have a low IQ but high EQ
  •     31% have a low IQ and EQ

RELATIONSHIP SATISFACTION

Of those who are satisfied with their personal and professional relationships:

  •     79% have a high IQ and EQ
  •     36% have a high IQ but low EQ
  •     67% have a low IQ but high EQ
  •     31% have a low IQ and EQ

LIFE SATISFACTION

Of those who are satisfied with their life:

  •     82% have a high IQ and EQ
  •     35% have a high IQ but low EQ
  •     71% have a low IQ but high EQ
  •     20% have a low IQ and EQ

“The human experience is to a large degree determined by our emotions. To deny that we are emotional beings is to deny who we are,” explains Dr. Jerabek, president of PsychTests. “You cannot navigate this world without a decent understanding of how to deal with your emotions, and you won’t be able to get very far academically, professionally, or romantically if you don’t know how to deal with people. We need emotional intelligence. We need to know how to regulate negative feelings, resolve conflict, read body language and other social cues, and how to interact with others diplomatically and productively. IQ helps us understand how this world functions; EQ helps us function in this world.”

“While the combination of strong EQ and IQ can lead to a happy and successful life, even EQ alone is enough to help you thrive. As our study has shown, people who are emotionally intelligent but not very book smart can still find a lucrative job and excel at that job. They are also more likely to be happy, popular, and have fulfilling relationships. The same cannot be said of those who lack the emotional side of intelligence. Given that emotional intelligence can be developed and improved, the question is, do you want to be happy and successful, or just successful?”

Want to assess your EQ? Check out https://testyourself.psychtests.com/testid/3979

Professional users of this test can request a free demo for this or any other assessments from ARCH Profile’s extensive battery: http://hrtests.archprofile.com/testdrive_gen_1

To learn more about psychological testing, download this free eBook: http://hrtests.archprofile.com/personality-tests-in-hr

About PsychTests AIM Inc.
PsychTests AIM Inc. originally appeared on the internet scene in 1996. Since its inception, it has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world. PsychTests AIM Inc. staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts (see ARCHProfile.com). The company’s research division, Plumeus Inc., is supported in part by Research and Development Tax Credit awarded by Industry Canada.

The following two tabs change content below.
Jasmine Petters

Jasmine Petters

Jasmine hails from the city of Nizams, Hyderabad, and is currently pursuing her M.D. from there only. She is an internet wizard and has keen passion in All Things tech. She is a regular Comment contributor for The Daily Telescope and writes a Web column, in which she covers war, sports, and everything in between.
%d bloggers like this: