Highlights from Van Sloan's 6/22/00 presentation to the 4th International Conference on Self-Esteem in San Francisco

Social Quotient - a boost to Self-Esteem

What is Social Quotient? SQ is a measure of a person's ability to get along with others. It looks like an IQ number, but measures a very different set of skills. Together, IQ and SQ account for about 2/3 of a person's success, with research indicating 1/3 for each. See details on Internet page: http://SQ.4mg.com/r_iq_ei.htm

How does SQ help self-esteem? A chart on the above web page shows that many people with just 12 years of school earn more than many college grads. This partly stems from their social skills (measured by SQ).

-Top 25% of SQ scorers might be offered a higher starting pay (as 9 out of 31 employers said in Vallejo CA).

-Middle 50% of SQ scorers learn they are "as good as anybody else" in spite of IQ, ethnicity, or other traits.

-Bottom 25% of SQ scorers get a reality check that they can't ignore. In How to Raise Your Self-Esteem, author Branden emphasizes that "We are not motivated to change those things whose reality we deny."

Can a SQ score be improved? Yes. Unlike IQ, which seems to be fixed after age five, all of us can work on skills like smiling or a positive attitude, traits commonly found in individuals with high social skills. Shy and extroverted people can similarly benefit from such efforts.

How are SQ scores determined? A group whose members know each other somewhat takes the SQ survey. Each imagines that the other members are all sales clerks in the same store. As they think: "Whom would I want to help me complete a sale," each person privately marks the others from A to E. The marks are run through a computer, yielding an unbiased set of SQ scores averaging 100.

How does one go about improving a SQ score? Each group member, whether present for the survey or not, will get a printout analyzing his/her results. See how differently you were scored by male vs female group members. Analyze the pattern of A's, B's etc. others gave you (realizing that you can't find out who gave you high or low marks). Compare how you rated yourself on various traits (like smiling) to those traits that the computer identifies as fitting most closely with the trait markings by your group's high SQ scorers. Remember that your SQ score depends totally on how others mark you, not on what you say about yourself in the survey -- quite different from most psychological tests.

What makes up the last 1/3 of success? Self-skills like ambition, integrity, and ability to handle stress. As with social skills, these can be improved with some effort (unlike IQ). There are several Internet pages on this topic, including a free Ambition/JOBS survey, at http://SQ.4mg.com/w_ambition.htm

What happens if I don't work on Social and Self Skills? You will likely be less successful and earn less money than those who do. To find out how to get at least your Fair Share, check out a page from a "very entertaining and informative" economics book by Van Sloan. It focuses on steps people can (and should) take in any job situation: http://econ.4mg.com/politics.htm

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