Proceedings of The Global Conference on Education and Teaching
Spiritual Intelligence: A Higher Dimension of Intelligence for Enhanced Learning
Historically, the education system has been focused primarily on developing IQ, or intellectual intelligence. IQ manages facts and information, using logic and rational analysis. Less time and attention is given in schools to developing EQ skills. EQ is emotional
intelligence, which is necessary to feel and regulate one’s emotions, while being sensitive to the feelings of others.
Both IQ and EQ are important, but they are not sufficient in themselves to maintain top
performance, ensure personal wellbeing, and provide enduring fulfilment. The next dimension of intelligence is also necessary, which is SQ, or spiritual intelligence.
SQ is an innate dimension of intelligence that everyone possesses. Spiritual intelligence is not religious. SQ depends not on belief but on direct personal experience beyond the ego.
Keywords: full potential; life skills; meaning; mental health; work skills.