Fascinating piece on physical intelligence by Dr. Damon Ashworth at Damon Ashworth Psychology.
Physical intelligence is concerned with how different elements of our environment interact with our senses to influence or distort our perceptions, judgments, and emotions, which then influence our behaviours.
In her excellent book ‘Sensation’, Thalma Lobel has neatly summarized all of the important findings that have accumulated so far in the emerging field of physical intelligence, or ’embodied cognition’.
Like emotional intelligence, physical intelligence appears to be something that can be developed and improved over time. It firstly requires an understanding of the biases inherent in the interaction between our sensory-motor experiences and the physical environment. It then requires an excellent present moment awareness of these biases so that our judgment and actions are adaptive rather than reactive.
Let’s have a look at how high your physical intelligence is and quick ways that you could improve it:
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