Top Ten Things that Intelligence Tests Miss: Keith Stanovich’s Insights that Also Help in Conflict

There is a great quote from Keith Stanovich in David Brooks book ‘The Social Animal’ that I am reading which lists certain mental dispositions that contribute to real world performance from Keith’s book ‘What Intelligence Tests Miss’. I have converted into one of Top Ten Conflict Tips List, though there are only seven:

  1. The tendency to collect information before making a decision
  2. The tendency to seek various points of view before coming to a conclusion,
  3. The disposition to think extensively about a problem before responding,
  4. The tendency to calibrate the degree of strength of one’s opinions to the degree of evidence available,
  5. The tendency to think about future consequences before taking action,
  6. The tendency to explicitly weight pluses and minuses of a situation before making a decision,
  7.  The tendency to seek nuance and avoid absolutism.’

Keith rightly in my view thinks these qualities trump IQ as predictors of the ability to operate in the world. And I think they apply strongly to good conflict handling. I would only add the ability to use disciplined thought processes and to always seek contrary evidence to your most dearly held beliefs or theories.

For more about Keith who is one of the seminal thinkers around see

About creativeconflictwisdom

I spent 32 years in a Fortune Five company working on conflict: organizational, labor relations and senior management. I have consulted in a dozen different business sectors and the US Military. I work with a local environmental non profit. I have written a book on the neuroscience of conflict, and its implications for conflict handling called Creative Conflict Wisdom (forthcoming).
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