What is Physical Intelligence?

Updated: Jan 19

What is Intelligence?

We spent decades believing that our ability and success were tied in large part to our IQ. In 1994, a definition of Cognitive Intelligence first appeared in the Wall Street Journal with endorsement from over 50 intelligence researchers. Cognitive Intelligence is a general mental capability that involves the ability to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly, comprehend complex ideas, learn quickly and learn from experience. It is measured via the Intelligence Quotient (IQ). IQ is not merely book learning, a narrow academic skill or test-taking smarts. Rather, it reflects a broader and deeper capability for comprehending our surroundings—catching on, making sense of things or figuring out what to do.

In 1990 a different intelligence was proposed that started a revolution in how intelligence was regarded, especially for evaluation of performance in the workplace. Peter Salovey and John D. Mayer proposed a model of emotional intelligence to address a growing need in psychology for a framework to organize the study of individual differences in abilities related to emotion. In Emotional Intelligence Professors Salovey and Mayer define emotional intelligence (EI) as “the ability to monitor one’s own and others’ feelings and emotions, to discriminate among them and to use this information to guide one’s thinking and actions.” Daniel Goleman played an important role in demonstrating the importance of EI for success in the workplace.

How does our physiology impact our intelligence?

And yet, IQ and EQ are not the only factors defining our success in business and life. Our physiology, determined by our genetic disposition and our life experiences has a fundamental influence over every intelligence we possess. Our Phẏsical Intelligence is intrinsic to the network of mental, emotional and physical patterns of our brain and body harboring our personal traits and life experiences. The non-cognitive aspects of this landscape of patterns bear a texture that deeply influences the clarity of our thinking, emotions and physical states. This fundamental level of intelligence has a profound impact on our cognitive, physical and emotional capabilities defining the “how” of the way we function and behave. To explain the extensive influence of our Phẏsical Intelligence on our intellect (IQ) and emotions (EQ), we use a different angle on framing intelligence, unraveling what factors are ultimately at work, distorting and clouding our minds.

Why is it important?

Tapping into our Phẏsical Intelligence allows us to make directed changes in our mental, emotional and physiological architecture. This, in turn, allows us to naturally enhance current skills and traits, while acquiring new ones. We will be able to tap into these new skills effortlessly, just as we access the ones we already possess. Most importantly it allows us to re-establish the connection with our center, our source of confidence, purpose, balance, motivation and well-being.

Neuroplasticity, the capability of the brain to change and adapt, is at the core of the Phẏsical Intelligence paradigm.

ArtesHumanis' unique approach leverages the strong interrelation of mind and body, tapping into the physical body’s ability to stimulate, shape and change the mental patterns we possess. Leveraging the innate plastic properties of the brain to adapt its functionality, we introduce directed changes using structured physical movements. Our Phẏsical Intelligence becomes the lever to establish a new foundation for a host of critical skills that impact our mental performance, clarity of thought, creative abilities, stamina, self-awareness and emotional control.

Establish new mind qualities that enable powerful and purposeful actions.

• Shape specific competencies to gain a competitive edge at work: Enhance key management and leadership skills.

• Gain deeper insights into making the right choices, a sense of one’s purpose; find the path to a meaningful, balanced and satisfying life.

• Control and balance the impact of modern life on the mind and body; reduce stress and achieve wellness.

• Establish a disciplined and effective mindset to overcome bad habits, support efforts to eat right, become fit and maintain a healthy weight.

• Explore the depth of our minds, the process of thinking, consciousness and insights about our lives and existence.

In summary

Phẏsical Intelligence can matter even more than IQ and EQ combined because it helps us address limitations and evolve in a constructive way. It creates businesses and societies where people take responsibility for themselves...where people are thoughtful about how to use their capacity as a human being...where they are armed with techniques that foster harmony and help them achieve and sustain peak performance.

Phẏsical intelligence redefines the intelligence we bring to the workplace and our lives. We have the opportunity to transform our lives giving us an opportunity to living from a pillar of strength, enjoying peak performance, clarity of thought and emotional balance.

It is a life-changing journey



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About the Author

Dr. Martina Wagner is the cofounder of ArtesHumanis – a boutique executive development firm that helps individuals and companies—from start-ups to the Fortune 100 companies—succeed by enhancing performance and improving effectiveness of their leaders and teams.

To find out how you can tap into your Physical Intelligence to take active control of your mind, change limiting patterns and enhance your wellbeing check out "An Introduction to Physical Intelligence" available on Amazon


To learn more about Physical Intelligence and its impact on our thinking, decisions and our performance at work and elsewhere visit physicalintelligence.guru

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