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Change Your Mind About Intelligence With These 17 Fascinating Books

Intelligence isn’t a word for how clever you are. These 17 books prove that the reality is a lot deeper

Intelligence might seem like the be-all and end all for many people. If you don’t have a certain IQ, you won’t make it to a certain point in life. You won’t be as successful.

But is there actually any truth to that?

If you’re asking this sort of question, you’ve stumbled on hundreds of debates on the subtypes of intelligence, and especially about what intelligence actually is. Here, these books attempt to answer the complicated field of intelligence, from how to measure it, to where it actually exists. Reading these books is definitely a way to boost your intelligence on the topic.

#1 Striking Thoughts By Bruce Lee

Striking Thoughts By Bruce Lee
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by James Taylor from Exercise.

Bruce Lee’s book of wisdom on daily living spans conversations concerning life, existence, the now, reality, the laws, death, ego, concentration, and many many more, touching on actionable deeds behind concepts that we learn every day but don’t understand and apply.

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#2 The Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

The Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by James Taylor from Exercise.

This book seems to be written about swordsmanship, but looking deeper into the texts and concepts can reveal that this is the journey of an individual dedicated to the individuality of their own craft and explores how technique, determination, and living life to the fullest – living life knowing you can and will die – while contributing to history exemplary feats and skill in your craft. Intelligence is learning what you are best at and developing those skills so that those skills provide a living for yourself.

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#3 The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by James Taylor from Exercise.

Learning how to talk to and deal with people in authority, lead no matter your background, and lists the challenges one faces in roles of leadership with various crowds. A great book for those who need help communicating from leadership positions, something intelligent leaders know how to do flawlessly.

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#4 The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by James Taylor from Exercise.

Another strategy book, that can help one weave their way through the challenges of life if viewed subjectively. From the lens of a reader, this book is just on war tactics, but applied for intelligence, you learn concepts on how to deal with tough individuals, aggressive individuals and situations, crises at work and more.

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#5 Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by James Taylor from Exercise.

Daily wisdom and reflection on thoughts and behaviors. This book is great at breaking down our thought processes and how those thought processes create our reality. If we can intelligently go about our daily existence, we can begin to find success in ways we never even imagined.

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#6 Searching for God in the Garbage by Bracha Goetz

Searching for God in the Garbage by Bracha Goetz
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Bracha Goetz from Spiritual Books.

Experience what goes on inside the mind of a Harvard grad who broke the habits that were imprisoning her in this raw and candid memoir about overcoming food addictions. How did she fill the inner emptiness finally and forever? By nourishing her soul. That’s what brings the deepest and most lasting kind of pleasure.

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#7 Brilliant! Scottish Inventors, Innovators, Scientists and Engineers Who Changed the World by Andrew G. Paterson

Brilliant! Scottish Inventors, Innovators, Scientists and Engineers Who Changed the World by Andrew G. Paterson
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers.

Over eight hundred great minds are introduced in Brilliant! Scottish Inventors, Innovators, Scientists and Engineers Who Changed the World. Metal-works, medicine, astronomy, surgery, architecture, machinery, transportation, geology and mathematics; among many others, those are only a select handful of fields explored in this collection of brief accounts of life-altering Scottish accomplishments.

From 1453 to present day, countless inventions and discoveries are presented in a chronological order. With the criteria of Scottish nationality, Andrew G. Paterson showcases the intelligent and creative endeavours of Scots with many motivations. Hailing from war-times and in peace, through the Industrial and Agricultural Revolutions, and located in all corners of the world, Scottish men and women gifted the world with time-changing and original contraptions, devices, procedures and theorems.

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#8 Cooking Oil Makes Genius or Alzheimer! by Tetsumori Yamashima

Cooking Oil Makes Genius or Alzheimer! by Tetsumori Yamashima
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers.

Every day, we go home from work, we have a sit down and we decide what to have for dinner. If you’re looking to go healthy, you’ll consider cutting down your portion sizes or limiting certain, less healthy ingredients. If you’re not, you might opt for a nice, greasy takeaway. Whether you choose the healthy option or not, you might be upset to learn that no matter what, you may be significantly increasing your chances of developing dementia – all down to cooking oil.

Dr Yamashima explains in Cooking Oil Makes Genius or Alzheimer! just how dangerous common cooking oils can be in an effort to decrease the rise in Alzheimer’s disease. His ground-breaking research will make you think twice about how you cook your meals – and just might help you to keep your brain and mind as sharp and sound as possible.

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#9 Mind and Thought by Argyro Toumazou

Mind and Thought by Argyro Toumazou
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers.

This is a valuable self-help tool to improve lives through dynamic thoughts. It provides techniques, exercises and essays to help the readers improve their self-observation, concentration, knowledge and awareness; master contemplation, alertness and diligence; confront negative thoughts by uprooting, observation, exaggeration and neutralization; achieve targets through seeding, visualization, creativity, persistence, good habits, affirmation, imprinting, developing intuition, image propping and will.

These ideas are based on the six laws of the thought and of the mind, including the Law of Direction and the Law of Attraction. If you would like to understand better and know more about the workings of the human mind, then this book can aid you. Learn to create using the dynamic power of thought, master the six laws, cultivate your mind, overcome predominant reality, think differently, take control, and more as you develop your power of thought.

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#10 Know Your Mind, Live Longer by Bernard Rourke

Know Your Mind, Live Longer by Bernard Rourke
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers.

Newspapers and television stations constantly inform us of the benefits of looking after our body, but no one is teaching us about our mind and the benefits of knowing how it works. This book takes you on a journey to discover what the mind is and how it works. You will come to appreciate why it is no longer a mystery but a wonderful instrument which evolution has produced to enable you to become the person you are.

Our minds are delicate, complicated and, at times, more troublesome than we would like, so we need all the help we can get if we are to learn how to live with it. Knowing how to look after it could lead to a more enjoyable and longer life. What more could one ask for!

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#11 Life Force Principles by Michael Kiss

Life Force Principles by Michael Kiss
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers.

Do you want to achieve something? Anything? If so, please read this book! Life Force Principles will help you achieve your goals by enlightening you with a fresh interpretation of human behaviour. It will change the way that you pursue goals in life. Learn about the power of the fundamental Life Force principle.

Understand how it applies to every aspect of your life! Acquire the knowledge and skills to manage your Life Force more effectively, to enhance your chances of achieving the goals that will bring you satisfaction, a sense of achievement, success and, ultimately, contentment and happiness. It is your Life Force and it is finite! Learn to use it wisely!

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#12 Perception Beyond Our 5 Senses by Soso

Perception Beyond Our 5 Senses by Soso
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers.

Everything we do in this life is nothing but a transition, the transition only stops the moment you begin to identify yourself with something. Unconditional love and true happiness do exist if one stops seeking them elsewhere, as they both lie within us all. A miracle only seems like a miracle to those whose visions are clouded by life’s illusions.

Who you truly are will take you to where boundaries do not exist while your ego will create boundaries through your life with limited possibilities. Heaven and Hell are not geographical places but what you manifest within yourself (blissfulness or chaos). Words spoken have no reality, no meaning, no sense and yet you have created meaning to them, your whole life is based on these words and you suffer them in every single way. Birds were created to fly and without their wings, they are lost. Humans were created to be loved and without love, they are lost. It is only through love and compassion that we are able to blossom. It is only through love that we are able to reach the depth of ourselves. It is only through love that we are able to concur anything.

At the end of it all, we will all eventually reach a place within us where love is a state of mind and a state of being. A ladder is required to step up to this place and climb up the stairs step by step. Without the ladder, one will collapse and crumble. We truly do carry messages through energy force for each other to figuring out the core of who we are but this is often overlooked as most people are busy trying to either teach you something or seek something from you, completely missing the chance to learn something about who they truly are through others.

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#13 The Seven Gates by Dr. Frances Yahia

The Seven Gates by Dr. Frances Yahia
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers.

This book is a 7-step model that teaches you how to take your power back. Unknowingly, we give away our power day in and out due to subconscious programs inherited since conception. Any situation can be worked through with these steps. The model provides an understanding why you attract patterns in your life and explicit steps on how to shift the subconscious so you stop repeating unhealthy subconscious patterns you probably aren’t even aware of!

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#14 Unveiling the Mind by Manoelita Dias dos Santos

Unveiling the Mind by Manoelita Dias dos Santos
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers.

This book was written with the intention of elucidating points still controversial regarding the nature of human consciousness. We use elements of psychoanalysis as well as a basis of physics and various spiritual currents to construct a comprehensive view of consciousness. A human consciousness is a special physical phenomenon of the universe, a complex mechanism whose laws are intrinsically linked to subjectivity. It is undoubtedly an instigating vision of human nature.

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#15 Emotional Intelligence by Brandon Goleman

Emotional Intelligence by Brandon Goleman
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Robin Lo from Dongguan Roche Industrial Co., Limited..

This book is also a practical guide, not only a logical foundation. Emotional intelligence is an essential ingredient to achieve greatness in your personal and professional life. Whole life, we need to deal with people. It is highly beneficial to learn to control emotions at the early stages of practical life. While giving examples, the author has stated real-life scenarios that helped me understand his points easily.

While reading a book, I got detailed and satisfactory answers to three questions:

  • What is emotional intelligence?
  • Why is emotional intelligence valuable?
  • How to manage my emotions?

Additionally, Mr. Goleman has also talked about the importance of empathy, how it affects our and others’ lives positively. I would recommend it to beginners who want to learn and practice emotional intelligence techniques.

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#16 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do by Amy Morin

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Robin Lo from Dongguan Roche Industrial Co., Limited..

Have you closely observed the life of the top 10 entrepreneurs or businessmen? You will find one thing common in them that is emotional intelligence.

They all know how to control their emotions constructively. After extensive research and keen observation, Ms. Amy has enlisted the top 13 common characteristics that mentally strong people possess. After all, who we are? The blend of our habits. After reading this book, I identified and changed my bad habits and observed positive results. I strongly recommend it to the people who are ready to change themselves for betterment.

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#17 A Practical Guide to Emotional Intelligence by David Walton

A Practical Guide to Emotional Intelligence by David Walton
Who recommended this book?
This was recommended by Robin Lo from Dongguan Roche Industrial Co., Limited..

The name says it all. Yes, Mr.Walton has not written difficult-to-understand concepts in his book. Instead, he stated practical and straightforward exercises, potential case studies, and useful tips to help us become emotionally intelligent. While I was reading it, first, I learned to understand the emotions of myself and the people around me. In the next sections, I came across practical techniques to manage emotions. Easy language and flow make this book more interesting for beginners.

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Contributors to this article
James Taylor from Exercise

Bracha Goetz from Spiritual Books

Janine Hornsby from Austin Macauley Publishers

Robin Lo from Dongguan Roche Industrial Co., Limited.

Written by Zak Parker

Journalist, writer, musician, professional procrastinator. I'll add more here later.

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