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Successful Intelligence: How Practical and Creative Intelligence Determine Success in Life

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  96 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Argues that creative and practical intelligence, rather than the results of a standard IQ test, are the keys to succeeding in the business world and doing well at most jobs.
Published October 1st 1996 by Simon & Schuster
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Jun 09, 2014 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I teach Intellectual Assessment Theory to graduate students. And, for years, I have liked what I have read about Sternberg's theory of Successful Intelligence. But I have never been able to put my hands on a chapter that nicely describes the construct and its components. So, I decided to go and read one of the original works he wrote describing Successful Intelligence. Lo and behold! Exactly what I wanted!

Successful Intelligence involves three components: Analytical Intelligence (school ability)
Melissa Baggett
More information on how school performance and life performance are two completely different things. Sternberg takes IQ and other standardized tests to task by pointing out that the kinds of intelligence tested are static, decontextualized versions of the real thing. A person with the intelligence to become successful may not score particularly high on tests but has the analytical intelligence (represented but poorly on IQ tests), creative intelligence and practical intelligence. A truly intelli ...more
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Taylor Cline
A very interesting look at intelligence. What makes people successful. The book was very interesting at first and faltered toward the end but really made me think which is what I look for in a good book. I've started to analyze people I work with more in the last month on some of these criteria and find it interesting.

I have a new class coming this spring that I'm the TA for. I'm going to try to predict how successful each person will be in the class after meeting them by these guidelines and se
David Tobey
Continuing the debate over the relevance and predictive validity of intelligence tests, Sternberg may go too far in bashing IQ in favor of his proposed triarchic theory of intelligence: analytical, creative, and practical. At times the book appeared too defensive of Sternberg's theory, and evidence against IQ tests appear too convenient. However, the book provides an excellent overview of Sternberg's theory. I would recommend it to anyone interested in competency, skill, ability or, of course, i ...more
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Feb 12, 2016 Luis Eduardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 27, 2011 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A look at what "intelligence" is. He claims intelligence has three parts (analytical, creative, practical), and as a culture we overemphasize a small fraction of the analytical to our detriment. In particular, he got low test scores and has turned out quite successful, and describes many similar cases.
Sep 08, 2013 Joy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, written in the 1990s, contains many ideas that have been expounded on in the years since. I'm now suspicious of IQ tests and realize the validity of the SAT/ACT tests lies in telling colleges/universities what you have learned academically so far.
Interesting but incredibly repetitive. If I were to read it again, I'd probably skip the debunking of intelligence tests. By chapter 3 I was losing interest in the repetitive writing, but the last few chapters are extremely interesting. Worth a look.
Aug 21, 2013 Kurt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
68. Successful Intelligence, by Ed. Research into Analytical, Creative, and Practical Intelligence. More interesting insights into how just being smart isn’t enough in today’s challenging, increasingly flat, technologically savvy world.
Ben Wenzel
May 02, 2009 Ben Wenzel rated it really liked it
Really interesting, and well researched. But the research wasn't the interesting part. Sternberg's own interpretation and analysis, combined with compelling and personal stories is the most interesting.
Jun 24, 2009 Lanette rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this one up after reading the "Outliers" (which I loved) and was sorely disappointed. It is not nearly as readable... lots of technical mumbo jumbo that didn't hold my interest.
Jun 14, 2009 Charles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book over and over in hopes of learning something useful.
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Robert J. Sternberg's spectacular research career in psychology had a rather inauspicious beginning. In elementary school he performed poorly on IQ tests, and his teachers' actions conveyed their low expectations for his future progress. Everything changed when his fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Alexa, saw that he had potential and challenged him to do better. With her encouragement, he became a high- ...more
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