High mental or emotional IQ — what do you choose?

I don’t know if you will ever take the Mensa test. I don’t know if you even know that there is something called a Mensa test. What I do know is that you have an IQ.

No, IQ has nothing to do with the Hindi words “आई क्यों” (“Aaiee kyon” – why did you come). IQ means Intelligence Quotient.

So, you would either be having the average IQ of 100 (which most people have) or be somewhere closer to super-genius level of 160. Please allow me to assume that you have the average IQ of 100. (I did say ‘Please’, so you need not protest). If 100 is your current IQ, then well, you may be in my company. I haven’t checked my IQ, but please allow me to think that it definitely cannot be less than 100.


Let me tell you about someone called Kashmea Wahi first. I came to know about her today. She is a 11-yr-old student who was born in Mumbai, but is based in UK. Interesting thing is, this year in January 2016, she came in the category of being among the world’s intellectual 1 percent. You see, she got a perfect score on her Mensa IQ test by getting 162 points. She is two points higher in her test than the celebrated physicists Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. She took the test to prove to her parents that she was intelligent. Her test results prove that she is more than intelligent.

On hearing the news of the importance of her score, Kashmea said, “It’s overwhelming to be compared with the likes of Stephen Hawking and Albert Einstein. The comparison is implausible and I believe it would take loads of achievements for anyone like myself to be able to get into the league of such legends. Anyway, I am buzzing with excitement.”


Last year in 2015, there was another 12-year-old British schoolgirl named Nicole Barr. She too scored a perfect Mensa score of 162. She found herself on the same pedestal (at least in terms of Mensa points) as Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates and Albert Einstein. Any score of 140 and above gives the right to a person to be called a ‘Genius’.

So, these are people who have been labeled ‘Genius’ by the scientific community. You and I, we get by at the average level.

Now comes something called EQ or Emotional Quotient. If genius gets measured in specific number form by a test, then it is called an IQ test. What about the test where emotion gets measured? I am still searching for tests that can give you a number in terms of EQ level. Today, the standard metric of intelligence remains IQ. EQ is still subject to much debate.

But, EQ forms part of emotional intelligence. In 1990, psychologists Peter Salovey (Yale University) and John Mayer wrote an article on Emotional Intelligence (EQ). They defined it as: “the subset of social intelligence that involves 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.”

The term EQ became popular with the publication of psychologist and science journalist Daniel Jay Goleman’s book ‘Emotional Intelligence – Why it can matter more than IQ’.

What you find here are two concepts — Intelligence Quotient (mental IQ) and Emotional Quotient (emotional IQ). As nice average people that you and I are, let me make it clear that you do have both. Yes, you have some level of mental IQ and some level of emotional IQ too. Happy?

But, what you need to understand here and decide for yourself is something simple. Or maybe it is not so simple.

What is more important to you? You would like to be very smart mentally (of course physically too if that could be arranged without surgeries!). Or, you would like to be very smart emotionally?

The debatable choice is yours.

Published by Raza

Content writer and constant learner in the digital marketing field

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