Book Review: Beyond IQ

Beyond IQ
Scientific Tools for Training Problem Solving, Intuition, Emotional Intelligence, Creativity and More. 
By Garth Sundem

Forget the IQ tests and tweak those parts of intelligence that matter most to real-world success. Sure having a high IQ is great. But surprisingly science shows that mental abilities not captured in IQ tests can have the most impact in the real world - attributes such as creativity, willpower emotional intelligence and intuition. And yes, you can train those skills. In these pages journalist Garth Sunndem draws on interviews with psychology's top experts and the latest research to show you how. Beyond IQ is a new kind of brain training guide one packed with useful, engaging exercises scientifically shown to help you make the most of the brain you've got in the arena that matters most - life! Beyond IQ is filled with simple pen and paper exercises that will help you

  • teach your mind to hear that eureka moment of insight
  • improve your problem-solving skills
  • use divergent thinking to boost your creativity
  • retrain your intuition to be more trustworthy
  • avoid cognitive "blinkering" that too often comes with expertise
  • expand your working memory
  • practice your performance under pressure
  • improve your pattern-recognition skills
  • sharpen your emotion intelligence
  • strengthen your willpower
Garth Sundem is the author of numerous books, including Geek Logik and the pop-science guides Brain Candy and Brain Trust. His writing has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Esquire, Wired and Men's Health. He lives in Colorado. 

IQ can only project your success to a certain point, and it's completely biased against certain cultures, and abstract ways of thinking, and I like that Beyond IQ is looking at different ways of measuring intelligence. I know that some of the brain training tasks that this book offers really do work, but acting like they are going to completely change how you think, or that you'll become successful because of reading this book is delusional. Beyond IQ should be looked at as a guide for how to view intelligence and think about new ways for thinking. If you liked The Hope Quotient or The Wet and the Dry you might be interested in this book. 

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