Saturday, 21 March 2015

Interpersonal intelligence ("people smart")

‘Interpersonal intelligence is the ability to understand and interact effectively with others. It involves effective verbal and non-verbal communication, the ability to note distinctions among others, sensitivity to the moods and temperaments of others, and the ability to entertain multiple perspectives’.  Howard Gardner

Wisdom involves practice. It is amazing to have a community of people who have brilliant ideas and are very creative in what they do. Members of Lavigerie House are from different countries. This community is full of people with different personalities who are very keen in listening to whatever one says. At times, during interactions in our community, we tend to analyse ideas put forward by any person. This is what makes our community a good environment of learning from each other. Humans sense feelings, emotions and moods of others during our interactions. In our community I find that these aspects are categorically vivid. This awareness helps us to avoid any kind of conflict which can arise due misunderstanding of others. 

This intelligence also helps us during our encounters in pastoral work; for instance, we meet people with different disabilities and we are able to interact with them easily. We are able to internalize our experiences after apostolate. 

There are also some individuals who are very creative in different community activities. This is due to the fact that they see things in different perspectives. Therefore, students develop their interpersonal intelligence from different aspects of their formation program.  

Julius Rweyemamu