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Lesson 8
Life intelligence (LQ):
Understanding who you are
and what life is all about
To learn the concept of life intelligence
To understand why LQ is necessary for
meaningful living.
To understand the important role of LQ in
minimizing mistakes and problems and
at the same time, maximizing the
likelihood of flourishing.
 We
have already learned the blueprint for
meaningful living.
 What
kind of intelligence do we need in
order to implement the plan?
 We
propose that it takes life intelligence
to live well and die well.
The Need for Life Intelligence
 You
need high IQ to do well in school.
 You
need high EQ to succeed in the
business world.
 You
need high LQ to live the good and
meaningful life.
 LQ
makes use of multiple intelligences.
What is Life Intelligence?
 It
is the ability to learn the wisdom and
courage to live an authentic, meaningful
and virtuous life.
 This
ability consists of multiple intelligences
especially the existential and spiritual
intelligences of reflecting on life
experiences and the human condition.
Components of
Life Intelligence
4 main components:
 Courage
 Self-knowledge
 Understanding
life, others, and the human
 Problem-solving
 The
courage to be oneself (authentic)
and to do what is right.
 The courage to confront, accept and
transform negative realities.
 The courage to say “No” to powerful
others in order to maintain one’s integrity.
 The courage to confess and make
amends over one’s mistakes.
 The
wisdom to be fully aware of one’s
strengths and weaknesses.
 A clear and consistent sense of self,
regardless of circumstances.
 A clear sense of purpose and calling
regarding what to do with one’s life.
 A clear understanding of one’s own
psychological make-up, emotional states,
and attitudes.
Understanding Life, Others,
and the Human Condition
clear understanding of what really
matters and what makes life worth living.
 Knowing one’s place in the world.
 A set of beliefs and worldviews that
facilitate decision making & life planning.
 A good understanding of the human
condition, human nature, and existential
 Understanding people and knowing how
to work with them.
 Knowing
how to manage available
resources and overcoming obstacles.
 The ability to understand an issue from
different perspectives and the larger
scheme of things.
 Knowing how to balance competing
interests and demands.
 Having the wisdom to form sound
judgement in situations of complexity and
 Having the wisdom of knowing when to
persist and when to quit.
Howard Gardner’s
Multiple Intelligences
 Visual-spatial
 Verbal-linguistic Intelligence
 Bodily-kinesthetic Intelligence
 Logical-mathematical
 Interpersonal Intelligence
 Musical Intelligence
 Intrapersonal Intelligence
 Naturalist Intelligence
Howard Gardner’s
3 Additional Intelligences
Spiritual Intelligence
Existential Intelligence
Moral Intelligence
These three types of intelligence are closely
related to life intelligence.
Spiritual Intelligence
Spiritual Intelligence refers to a set of
capacities related to transcendental
matters such as spirituality and religiosity.
Those with high spiritual intelligence are
spiritually attuned and enlightened. Their
values and major decisions are guided by
spiritual intelligence.
Existential Intelligence
Existential Intelligence refers to the concern
and ability to tackle the big questions of
human existence, such as the meaning of
life and death in an imperfect world.
It is primarily based on self-reflection and
existential quest to gain insight and
understanding about the ultimate concerns
and the human condition.
Moral Intelligence
Moral Intelligence refers to the concern and
ability to conduct ourselves in a way that
respects the sanctity of life and the rights of
It is also related to the quest for moral
understanding that differentiates right from
wrong as well as noble from selfish goals.
The Importance of Wisdom
 Wisdom
makes up for 3 of the 4
components of LQ.
 Wisdom has been regarded as one of the
cardinal virtues by philosophers from the
East and West.
 Wisdom is needed to resolve major life
problems for the common good (Clayton,
1982; Sternberg, 1985).
Wisdom Con’d
 Wisdom
involves the application of
knowledge to achieve a deep
understanding of self, others, and the
world in order to arrive at a meaningful
solution to difficult problems.
The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of wisdom.
(Proverbs 9:10)
 Based
on what you have learned in this
course, in what ways is “fear of the Lord”
related to the wisdom of meaningful
 Self-knowledge
refers to understanding
one’s emotions, mental state, and
 Knowledge of self as someone special
and distinct from other people.
 Special knowledge about one’s past
experiences and memories.
 Self-awareness of one’s fears and hopes,
likes and dislikes, and strengths and
 Some understanding of one’s role and
mission in the world.
 We
tend to know ourselves less than we
think we do.
 There are many reasons why there is a
lack of accuracy in self-perception.
 It could be due to defense
mechanisms, such as denial
 It could be due to intentional bias,
 It could be due to an unintentional
blind spot.
 It could be due to false feedback from
close associates.
How do we develop
life intelligence?
 Reflecting
on one’s life experiences,
especially from painful experiences.
 Learning from other people, especially
wise people.
 Learning from the wisdom literature.
 Cultivating an attitude of being openminded, curious, and inquisitive.
 Develop the courage to explore and
engage life.
 When
you review your life, what major
mistakes have you made and what
lessons have you learned?
 If
you were to start all over again, how
would you live differently?

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