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What is Social Intelligence
Social intelligence is person's ability to get along with people in general, social technique or ease in society, knowledge of social matters, susceptibility to stimuli from other members of a group, as well as insight into the temporary moods or underlying personality traits of strangers

Social intelligence is a term designating a specific concept of intelligence. British psychologist Philip Ewart Vernon has followed Thorndike’s model of intelligence in 1933. Vernon expanded the concept of social intelligence as follows:

“Social intelligence is person’s ability to get along with people in general, social technique or ease in society, knowledge of social matters, susceptibility to stimuli from other members of a group, as well as insight into the temporary moods or underlying personality traits of strangers.” (Vernon, 1933, p. 44)

Practical use of the concept of Vernon’s social intelligence: In human resources management it is used in the job creation and staffing - in job analysis. Social intelligence is fundamental to the individual’s ability to work in a team or other group of people and thus one’s work results.

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