The Psychology of Intelligence

Author(s) : Sonja Falck

Part of The Psychology of Everything series - more in this series

The Psychology of Intelligence

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : October 2020
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 128
  • Category :
    Popular Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 95333
  • ISBN 13 : 9780367482930
  • ISBN 10 : 9780367482
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What fascinates us about intelligence? How does intelligence impact our daily lives? Why do we sometimes fear intelligence?

Human intelligence is a vital resource, yet the study of it is pervaded by neglect and misconceptions. The Psychology of Intelligence helps make sense of the contradictory social attitudes and practices in relation to intelligence that we have seen over the decades, from the idea that it drove eugenicist policies and actions in the past, to our current backlash against "experts" and critical thinking. Showing how our approach to intelligence impacts our everyday lives in educational, occupational, medical, and legal settings, the book asks if it is possible to lift the taboo and move beyond the prejudices surrounding intelligence.

Challenging popular assumptions, The Psychology of Intelligence encourages us to face intelligence in ourselves and others as an important fact of life that we can all benefit from embracing more openly.


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Explaining the book: a new way of viewing human intelligence

1. Intelligence in our daily lives

2. Idealisation of intelligence

3. Devaluation of intelligence

4. Integration of neurodiversity

5. Applied (human) intelligence

In conclusion: which approach do you choose?

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