A model of personal intelligence is developed. Personal intelligence is defined as the capacity to reason about personality and to use personality and personal information to enhance one's thoughts, plans, and life experience. Approaches to related concepts such as intrapersonal intelligence and psychological-mindedness are reviewed. Next, a model of personal intelligence is proposed that emphasizes the capacity to: a) recognize personally-relevant information; b) form accurate models of personality; c) guide one's choices by using personality information; and d) systematize one's goals, plans, and life stories. A discussion examines the possible contributions and limitations of the personal intelligence concept.
Imagination, Cognition and Personality
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Mayer, J. D. (2008). Personal intelligence. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 27, 209-232.