Social Intelligence


Definition: Social Intelligence is the ability to understand and manage men and women, boys and girls, to act wisely in human relations (Thorndike, 1920).
It is the capacity to effectively navigate and negotiate complex social relationships and environments.
SI is similar to interpersonal Intelligence, one Gardner's Multiple Intelligences.
The ‘Social Intelligence Hypothesis’ in science asserts that complex socialization – politics, romance, family relationships, quarrels, making-up, collaboration, reciprocity, altruism – in short, social intelligence was the driving force in developing the size of human brains and today provides our ability to use those large brains in complex social circumstances.


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