Do You Have Good Spatial Skills?

Social skills are matters of ethereal domain. It is all in the mind of people. Apparently, there are some physical signs that could be linked to the invisible art of social engagement.

In an interview run by Harvard Business Review (HBR) for this January edition, Amy Shelton, associate professor at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, John Hopkins University, says that people with good spatial skills actually have good social skills.

OK, count me in, because I always thought I have good spatial skills!

Not so fast, says Amy. When HBR mentioned that engineers have good spatial skills, but, ahem, they don’t have a reputation for people with a knack for social subtleties, Amy explained that the research found that only a certain type of spatial skills are relevant. It is all about being able to view the perspective of another person. The research used dolls placed at various locations in relation to objects and it required participants to describe what they think the dolls see. This simple skill, the ability to imagine the physical world seeing by someone else, seems to be strongly correlated to social affinity.

Also, it seems that ability to perceive navigation from a different point of view strongly correlates with social skills.

Interesting, isn’t it? Improve your spatial IQ to get higher social IQ. Maybe that works better than using Twitter.

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