Social Intelligence

American psychologist Edward Thorndike defines social intelligence as ‘the ability to understand people and act wisely in human relations.’ These skills can be acquired with practice.

Some people can sense how other people feel and what to say in social gatherings. These confident, caring people seem to have people skills, but in fact, what they have is social intelligence.

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  1. Active Listening Skills: People with social intelligence pay genuine attention to what the other person is saying. They make the other person feel understood and connected.
  2. Conversational Skills: Socially intelligent people are tactful, humourous, sincere, meaningful and appropriate in their conversations.
  3. Managing Reputation: The people are able to balance authenticity with a thoughtful reputation.
  4. No Arguing: People with social skills understand that arguing has no return on investment, and making the other person feel bad while proving something isn’t going to be of any benefit whatsoever.
  1. Be observant and watch how people interact with others.
  2. Try to increase emotional intelligence recognizing your feelings and emotions as well as of others.
  3. Try to recognize negative feelings like jealousy, anger and envy in social situations.
  4. Respect cultural diversity and understand that other people might have different customs and mindsets.
  5. Do not interrupt and practice hyper listening skills.
  6. Truly love your loved ones and appreciate people who are important in your life.
  7. Study social situations and pay attention to what people are doing, good or bad.

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