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Merging theories from science, positive psychology and coaching, neuroscientist Shirzad Chamine defines your “Positive Intelligence Quotient” (PQ) as “the percentage of time your mind acts as your friend rather than as your enemy.” He explains how to increase your PQ to achieve higher performance, greater happiness and less stress. Your PQ score depends on which mental forces dominate – your “Saboteurs” or your “Sage.” Although many self-help books advocate the power of positive thinking, Chamine repackages the idea for practical application, even if he indulges in special jargon. getAbstract recommends his insights and guidance to those who wish to think more optimistically and to managers who need to turn around underperforming teams.

About the Author

Shirzad Chamine is the chairman of the Coaches and Training Institute, an international coach training organization, and holds a PhD in neuroscience and a master’s degree in electrical engineering.

 

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Introducing the “Saboteurs and the Sage”

In Greek mythology, King Sisyphus “fell from grace” and, as punishment, had to push a heavy boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, again and again for all eternity. Like Sisyphus, individuals and teams secretly sabotage themselves by getting stuck in repetitive behavior and never achieving their true potential. Your brain is locked in a battle between your Saboteurs and your inner Sage. Saboteurs are leftover remnants of primitive urges and instincts, such as your “flight or fight” response mechanism. Saboteurs’ negativity can destroy your happiness and performance; conversely, your Sage works to build positivity. Building “Positive Intelligence” helps individuals and teams harness the power of positive thinking and overcome their Saboteurs.

A high “Positive Intelligence Quotient” (PQ) score correlates to higher performance and happiness. For example, if your score is 70%, your mind works for you 70% of the time and against you 30% of the time. Individuals with high PQ live longer, healthier lives.

Saboteurs

Everyone has her or his own unique mix of the following 10 Saboteurs:

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    D. B. 8 years ago
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    D. G. 9 years ago
    I would be grateful if you can forward me some more resources on this.

    Many thanks for the valuable help that you are providing to so many people.

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      Erica Rauzin 9 years ago
      Dear Dhanjay,
      You can link to Amazon to buy the book. And, these websites offer additional information from the author. E.Rauzin, getAbstract, managing editor

      http://hbr.org/2012/01/positive-intelligence/ar/1
      and on YouTube
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUyTR6-JXtw
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    P. R. 9 years ago
    My comment on positive thinking is not looking at other people's faults and lifestyles,but creating my own individual lifestyle.
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      Rahul Kumar 1 month ago
      Thank you