In the final article in his series on intelligence and medicine, Brian McMullen discusses the importance of just “being”
- By: Brian McMullen
If cognitive intelligence is about thinking and emotional intelligence is about feeling, then spiritual intelligence is about being.12 This can be a challenge for medical students. Medical training teaches you to do something. In the biomedical model that is mainly appropriate and what patients have come to expect. Healing, however, is different from curing. When your patient is dying there are times when it may be necessary to do nothing--to paraphrase the saying “Don't just do something, sit there!” This is one time when you need to use your spiritual intelligence (SQ). This is a huge topic, so in this article I concentrate on introducing the role of intuition and compassion into your life and career.
Spiritual intelligence is inherently difficult to define. It is quite separate from organised religion. If you like a cognitive theory then read The Ultimate Intelligence; Zohar and Marshall have studied research that found 40