When we talk about our intelligences, it can seem like dynamic intelligence is the “gold standard” of intelligence. And while RDI strives to equip children with the ability to think dynamically – static intelligence is nothing to shame or avoid. Static intelligence is not bad, it’s just different.
Say, for example, you worked on a production line at a factory. The job is likely very repetitive and requires the same input every day to get the same output. We use our static intelligence when we successfully work our day doing the same thing on that production line. Our static intelligence allows us to work that position well, in fact we probably improve our speed over time because we’re so used to and comfortable with the same tasks daily.
In the same position however, we can use dynamic intelligence if there is a sudden change in production or if there’s a problem with the line.
Believe it or not, Lucy from I Love Lucy is using her dynamic intelligence here to think quick on her feet when a problem with her production line arises.
We employ our static intelligence when we expect results to be the same every time we complete the same action. For the most part, this is fine and our days usually resemble our previous ones. Sometimes though, we must manoeuvre around unexpected obstacles. Being able to, and to anticipate having to do the manoeuvring while maintaining personal goals and relationships amidst stress and sudden change is really the core definition of dynamic intelligence, as well as a skill we aim to strengthen in RDI.
Both static and dynamic intelligence have their place in our complex lives, and understanding the applications of both are crucial when learning about the RDI growth model and quality of life.
Our brains are in a constant state of change; always influenced by our environments. The quality of our thinking that our children do, sets a blueprint for how their brains will develop. What we do with what we know as parents in this complex world, shapes our children’s minds so they can learn to think dynamically as well.
Below are some common terms associated with both dynamic growth and static accumulation.
To further detail the differences between these two intelligences, I’d like to share these interesting videos detailing the artwork of two different artists. While both artists featured in these videos produce their work in different ways, the end result is creative and beautiful. Alexandra’s style and process might be seen as more “dynamic” while Stephen’s might be seen as more “static”.