Does personal intelligence exist? Evidence from a new ability-based measure.

Academic Article


  • Personal intelligence has been defined as the ability to reason about personality and personality-relevant information and to use that information to guide one's actions and more generally, one's life. We constructed an initial version of an ability-based measure to test whether personal intelligence can be measured and whether it exists as a unitary intelligence. In 3 studies (N = 241, 308, and 385), we administered this Test of Personal Intelligence (TOPI), composed of 4 sections, to undergraduates along with criterion measures. Results suggested that a personal intelligence can be measured, that it might exist as a unified area of mental abilities, and that it represents psychological qualities that have intriguing predictive aspects.
  • Authors

  • Mayer, John D.
  • Panter, AT
  • Caruso, David R
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • 2012
  • Published In


  • Emotions
  • Humans
  • Intelligence
  • Personality
  • Personality Tests
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 22339306
  • Start Page

  • 124
  • End Page

  • 140
  • Volume

  • 94
  • Issue

  • 2