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Conceptualization of existential intelligence through the meaning of life

Konceptualizácia existenciálnej inteligencie prostrední­ctvom zmyslu života

Autor:

Peter Halama, Ústav experimentálnej psychológie SAV Bratislava, expshala@savba.sk

ISSN: 1335-3608

Abstract

The paper presents an attempt to provide deeper conceptualisation of the construct named existential intelligence, first time defined by H. Gardner as a possible candidate for one of the base form of intelligence. Gardner’s concept of multiply intelligence and the criteria necessary for accepting the concrete form of intelligence as basic one are described. According Gardner, existential intelligence meets these criteria, however, he is very reserved to accept this form of intelligence as basic one, because of its unclear relation to brain processes. Meaning of life as the main construct of existential psychology is used to define and operationalise the existential intelligence. A cognitive aspect of meaning of life is emphasised with special stress of the ability to provide understanding and explanation of the realm of existential concerns. Existential intelligence is then defined as ability to find and maintain meaning in life. Concrete indications of existential intelligence can include an ability to find significance of life and positive interpretation of life in various demanding situations, maintaining a working and helping value system, and realistic assessment of goal attainment probability. Also ability of existentially intelligent people to influence other people in the area of existential concerns is also suggested. 

Bibliografické informácie (sk)

HALAMA, Peter. Konceptualizácia existenciálnej inteligencie prostrední­ctvom zmyslu života. Človek a spoločnosť, 2003, roč. 6, č. 4.

Bibliographic information

HALAMA, Peter. Conceptualization of existential intelligence through the meaning of life. Individual and Society, 2003, Vol. 6, No. 3.

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