Existential Intelligence

Existential Intelligence

Existential intelligence consists in the ability to deal with existential and ethical issues, to reflect on our lives and on what we generate and what we lose.
It is the ability to use abstract reasoning to reflect on universal concepts. It is a key skill because it helps us to understand – even abstractly – reality, to interact with it and to constantly learn thanks to an open and curious approach.
A peculiar characteristic of a person endowed with this form of intelligence is curiosity, the propensity to ask a thousand questions and to find a personal answer for children and adults because, by not stopping at the appearance of things, but looking in depth, in other cultures or places, a truth may be found.

Existential intelligence makes people who possess it explorers of the world of ideas and reality, thoughtful dreamers and also excellent problem finders. But it also makes them less inclined to label their choices as failures because they have a tendency to act true to their values and, in line with these, make moral, free and responsible choices. The ability to reflect on the world and on themselves helps them to give awareness and coherence to their thoughts and actions. It is only when forced to act in a dissonant manner with their values and beliefs that such a person may feel a sense of failure and frustration.