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1st Edition

The Psychology of Intelligence

ISBN 9780367482930
Published October 9, 2020 by Routledge
140 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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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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Dr. Sonja Falck is a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London, UK, and a UKCP and BACP accredited psychotherapist and supervisor. She consults in person and online internationally, specialising in high-ability adults' relationship issues.