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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 202-204

Connecting with spiritual intelligence in medicine

Department of Medicine, ESIC Medical College and PGIMSR, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Prof. Vijayaraghavan Padmanabhan
TW1B2, Ragamalika Apartments, Thiruvengadam Street, RK Nagar, Chennai - 600 028, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_21_21

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While diagnosing and treating patients, the physician makes use of cognitive intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ). Coming up with a concept or treatment that is completely new and yet suitable for a clinical situation requires not only IQ and EQ but also a connection with the physician's own creative “inner self” or “soul,” which is spiritual intelligence (SQ). Such an individual can function from the level of “self” or ego as well as from “inner self” and can move between ego and “soul” with ease. The physician can utilize the unbiased instinctive wisdom of SQ while making use of IQ and EQ. He (or she) will be comfortable in dealing with uncertainties. Individual insights corroborated by studies in neuroscience have helped to understand how IQ and EQ relate to SQ, making it comprehensible to all. Connecting with SQ benefits the physician in patient care as well as in medical education.

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