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Beyond IQ: Scientific Tools for Training Problem Solving, Intuition, Emotional Intelligence, Creativity, and More (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 22. Juli 2014

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GARTH SUNDEM is the author of numerous books, including Geek Logik and the pop-science guides Brain Candy and Brain Trust. His writing has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Esquire, Wired, and Men's Health. He lives in Colorado.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Beyond IQ 1. August 2014
Von Michael Taylor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
"Beyond IQ" by Garth Sundem is a good read for anyone wanting to improve their thinking skills. The book is around 200 pages and covers such topics as concerning IQ as:

1. Problem-solving
2. Creativity
3. Intuition
4. Wisdom
5. Emotional Intelligence

There are other topics addressed that make for a total of 15 chapters. The book is organized into the following format:

- A brief definition of the area of thinking being addressed.
- Aspects of the particular area of thinking.
- Launches into several exercises related to the topic (there are a mind-boggling 82 exercises or so).

I enjoyed the read and would have liked some more space devoted to addressing the topic before launching into the exercises. Still, a good read.
4 von 4 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich
4.0 von 5 Sternen theory + dozens upon dozens of brain-building exercises 20. August 2014
Von E. Saylor - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
I've been busy reading through Garth Sundem's book, Beyond IQ. It's an interesting discussion on the many different facets of the brain that contribute to intelligence and problem-solving. The author breaks the contributing factors into different segments such as creativity, intuition, expertise, wisdom, performance under pressure, emotional intelligence, willpower and multitasking. For each segment, he gives research on how the variable impacts our overall intelligence and practical activities we can do to strengthen that part of our brains. I'm especially intrigued by the dozens upon dozens of brain-building exercises that he has spread throughout the chapters. If you are interested in learning how to expand your brainpower or the brainpower of young people that you love, pick up this book and see what you think. Disclaimer: The publisher sent me a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen This set up my expectation that this was a light-weight book which would provide some diversion and enjoyment similar to my cros 10. November 2014
Von John E. Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
When I received my review copy of Beyond IQ: Scientific Tools for Training Problem Solving, Intuition, Emotional Intelligence, Creativity, and More by Garth Sundem, I was immediately struck by one thought.

“… Yeah, right” (spoken with mild sarcasm)

The title alone claims quite a few things, especially if you know a little about trying to use these skills or encourage their use in others.

I skimmed the book in a random fashion, flipping idly through the pages, and was immediately aware that this book has a lot of lists, pictures, graphics, and symbols sprinkled liberally throughout, along with the prerequisite word content.

I was reminded of puzzle books that one can purchase at any book store, grocery store, or probably at any fast gas and cheap food place these days. This set up my expectation that this was a light-weight book which would provide some diversion and enjoyment similar to my crossword puzzle books … and that would be the end of its usefulness to me.

… Was I ever wrong and I could not be happier to be so!

Garth Sundem has done his homework nicely, collecting the latest thinking around a wide range of topics related to neuroscience and how our brains help and hinder us.. I normally do not list chapters of books, since the titles are sometimes oblique without the accompanying content and sometimes because listing titles can be boring and provide no extra value. I am breaking my own rules with the following list of chapters, because they show in clear detail just what this book covers:

Insight, Practical Intelligence, Problem-Solving, Creativity, Intuition, Your Brain on Technology, Expertise, Working Memory, Keeping Intelligence, Wisdom, Performance Under Pressure, Emotional Intelligence, Willpower, Multitasking, Heuristics and Biases.

These short and compactly written sections are liberally endowed with short exercises to highlight the main points being discussed.

An Example From Beyond IQ:

For example, I especially enjoyed the section on Problem-Solving, since this particular skill lines up with several of the other topics (insight, creativity, practical intelligence, wisdom, and so on) and is a topic which I try to nurture in others.

Sundem starts by describing the troubles encountered by Metropolitan State College of Denver as it sought to change its name to something more reflective of its academic stature (in other words, “college” to “university”). The story goes through several twists and turns to reinforce the idea that problem-solving has to include thinking beyond a narrow scope and considering many possibilities.

He then introduces Richard Mayer, a noted researcher from the University of California at Santa Barbara, who offers some solid learning on what makes successful problem-solvers different from the rest of us: “… the time they spend studying the initial state and the constraints – the extra time they spend clarifying the problem.” (p. 36)

According to Mayer, we solve problems in four primary ways: Random, Depth-First, Breadth-First, and Means-Ends Analysis Search. Mayer then teachs us about solving problems by using the everyday maze. I had never considered the variety in our problem-solving approaches, until I had the opportunity to solve the same or similar mazes using each of these approachs.

After several more short examples and exercises, Sundem has some fun with a section on “Faulty Assumptions”, in the form of a list of brain-teasers designed to show us how the assumptions we make hinder us from effectively being able to solve problems.

One example from the list:


It’s a dark and stormy night and you’re driving down the street when you notice three people at a bus stop: an old woman who needs a doctor ASAP, your best friend, and the date of your dreams. You can only fit one other person in your car. What should you do?

I’ll let you chew on this before I share the answer. (Bragging point: I got it within 10 seconds, but then I AM a professional.)

Sundem ends this chapter with a discussion on how to solve those aggravating little sliding tile puzzles … quite a trick when you consider that a simple 4×4 puzzles contains approximately 653 billion possible states.

However, the knowledge you pick up in this chapter and in others is not just for parlor games or to impress lesser mortals.

What did I Really Like?

I enjoyed the non-academic, but precise writing style which conveyed some fairly sophisticated concepts in accessible language and with good organization.

This is a great review of current neuroscience and decision-making knowledge.

The ability to actually do exercises that other books just talk about may be the single most valuable part of this book

Tying Up Loose Ends: About that dark and stormy bus stop …

Sundem’s solutionmay seem obvious as we read:

Assumption: You must be the driver.

Instead, give the keys to your best friend, who takes the old lady to the hospital while you wait for the bus with your dream date (who is now duly impressed).

Without intentional strengthening of our ability to creatively problem-solving and move past erroneous assumptions, many of us struggle to figure how to choose who to put in the car with us.

Bottom Line: Who Will Benefit From This Book?

Anyone who wants or needs to know how our cognitive, emotional, and behavioral selves come together will benefit from reading this book, whether you choose chapters of specific interest or read from the first page to the last.

If you are a leadership, business, or life coach, a teacher, a manager, or someone else who seeks to understand and help others understand how to make more effective decisions, this book has much to offer in terms of current knowledge and engaging exercises.

Enjoying imagining how much more effective my teaching and coaching will be when I use this book as a resource in the Heartland ….


As noted above, I received a review copy of this title, which did not influence the comments above. I was and am genuinely delighted by the value and learning I have found in this book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great information and lots of exercises 14. Oktober 2014
Von Joan N. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
We've seen them, those with an incredibly high IQ yet incapable of successfully living life. Much more is required, Sundem says. He aims to help us get the most out of what is in our brains so we can get the results we want in the real world. “IQ doesn't lead to success. Practical intelligence does.”

Sundem says we need qualities like intuition, wisdom, skill in willpower, the ability to focus, and skill in multitasking (actually the skill of brain switching). He provides an explanation of the necessity for the quality, including research, and then gives a number of exercises to develop it.

I appreciated his exploration of insight, finding a solution to a problem combining specific knowledge with openness. He gave exercises helping our brains become “open” to new solutions.

Other topics in the book include tacit knowledge, problem solving, identifying false assumptions, boosting creativity, when expertise is a trap, cognitive involvement, wisdom, pressure, emotional intelligence, heuristics and bias.

I appreciate Sundem's documenting research. He names many books from which he gleaned his information so it would be easy to do further reading on a topic. I appreciate all the exercises too. Many of them would take a great deal of time to complete. If you want to get the most out of this book, plan to spend a long time with it. Reading it from cover to cover will give you the information but not the intended benefits of the exercises.

I could see this book being used in a group setting. The exercises would make for a fun family evening or for a group of high school or college students.

Note to Kindle readers: many of the exercises contain instructions like, “Copy, cut out and arrange...” Also, after each exercise is a “Click here for the answers” which will work, I suppose on new Kindles, but not my older, non-touch screen one. Some exercises also say “Click here to download this exercise” which could be done on a computer Kindle reading app.

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Great training for your brain 22. Oktober 2014
Von Tom Meiers - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Scientific tools for training problem solving, intuition, emotional intelligence, creativity, and more. The author says in the introduction " This brain training book for everything but IQ will teach you to drive your mind, to get the most from what you've got under the hood." It does say that the exercises are not easy,"if they weren't challenging, they wouldn't do you any good." This book challenges you to "Forget the IQ tests and tweak those parts of intelligence that matter most to real-world success."
This book will appeal to anyone who wants to improve their mind with practical exercises and real world examples of problem solving. The subjects of intuition, working memory, creativity, multitasking, and will power, and they all get a full chapter each. Included is an explanation of the skill, and exercises to develop that skill. In the chapter on willpower the author states "If IQ is the strength of the bulb in your lighthouse, willpower is the lens that focuses it into a beam." There are answers in the back to most of the exercises in this book, but you won't want to look at them until you at least give them a try.
The author says this book will "help you train your brain with useful and engaging exercises that will help yo make the most of your brain in the area that matters most- life."
The author has written numerous books, among them Geek Logic, Brain Candy, and Brain Trust. He has also written for Esquire, New York Times, Wired, and Men's Health.
This book makes the point that I have always believed, that IQ is not enough to be successful in life. Concepts like creativity, willpower, emotional intelligence, and intuition have the most impact in the real world. If you enjoy word games, stretching your mind, thinking outside the box, and want to increase your brainpower, this book is for you.
Some puzzles require cutting out parts of the book to rearrange in a certain order, so be prepared to do so.
Published by three rivers press.com. and also available as an ebook.
I have been provided a complimentary copy in exchange for this review.
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