Test Your Personal Intelligence

Mar 11, 2014

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We invited Dr. John D. Mayer on the show to tell us about Personal Intelligence. He's got a quick version of the test at his website.  Dr. Mayer defines Personal Intelligence within the theory he's developed as:

“the capacity to reason about personality and to use personality and personal information to enhance one’s thoughts, plans, and life experience.” (Mayer, 2008, p. 209)


What do you think your Personal Intelligence is? 

Take The Test

Here's an introduction to the test which Dr. Mayer suggests reading first.

Once you've read the introduction, head over here to take a sample quiz.

How did you do? Were you surprised by the results?

Dr. John D. Mayer will be speaking on Thursday, March 13th at the Water Street Bookstore in Exeter, NH. The talk begins at 7:00pm and will be followed by a Q&A session and a book signing. More information on speaking engagements can be found here.

There are a number of TED talks on the Personality Intelligence site, curated by Dr. Mayer.

"In Chapter 5 of the book, Personal Intelligence, I discuss many different perspectives on how to make life choices in relation to who one is and what other people are like. A number of TED talks concern similar issues. I’ve collected a few of my favorite videos here–both of people who agree with my own views, and of people whose viewpoints differ considerably."

"The opening of this talk describes a job so challenging that some people may feel a bit queasy listening to it–Mike Rowe himself didn’t have an easy time. Rowe goes on to describe what he’s learned from working with people with dirty jobs. Maybe some people who are very successful at their jobs and do well in life actually haven’t followed their passion…"