Construct of Optimal Intellect ©
Copyright 2015 by Dr. Don Helms
I define “Optimal Intellect” as a type of mental functioning that will optimize an individual’s ability to experience a variety of personal successes, build quality relationships and contribute more to society.
These optimal life outcomes will lead to a more balanced, meaningful and fulfilling life, which I believe are prerequisites for happiness.
This type of mental functioning requires an individual to function at their highest level emotionally, logically, creatively, socially, responsibly, ethically and strategically.
Traditional IQ tests only assess a portion of the components necessary for “Optimal Intellect”. This is why there is a relatively small relationship between an individual’s IQ score and their success, happiness and value to society.
I created the “Construct of Optimal Intellect” to use as a basis for creating programs that will enable individuals to develop a higher level of “Optimal Intellect”. The construct contains the components that I believe form the foundation for “Optimal Intellect”. I sometimes refer to this foundation as the “Ultimate Software of the Brain”.
The programs that are being created to develop a higher level of “Optimal Intellect” are being designed for students in sixth grade and up. Brief descriptions of the future programs are located in the Programs Overview section of the website.
Following are brief explanations of the 31 components that form the foundation for the “Construct of Optimal Intellect”.
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