Social Intelligence | Character Strength | VIA Institute

Become Aware Of Your Strength

Understand what social intelligence is all about so you can begin recognizing it in yourself and others.
What is Social Intelligence?

When a person knows what makes other people tick, he or she is displaying social intelligence. They’re aware of the motives and feelings of themselves and others, and how to fit into different social situations. They can feel comfortable and say the right thing whether they’re in the boardroom or the janitorial room, in a school setting or at a construction site. Social intelligence involves two general components:

  • Social awareness: what we sense about others
  • Social facility: what we do with our awareness
Which virtue is this strength?
Social Intelligence is a strength within the virtue category of humanity, one of six virtues that subcategorize the 24 strengths. Humanity describes strengths that manifest in caring relationships with others. These strengths are interpersonal and are mostly relevant in one-on-one relationships. The other strengths in Humanity are kindness , love , and social intelligence .

Explore and Apply Your Strength

Research findings on the benefits of the strength of Social Intelligence found Social Intelligence contributes to a high level of comfort across a variety of social situations, opening opportunities for meeting new people and participating in new experiences. The ability to recognize feelings both in yourself and in others has been connected with better mental and physical health, work performance, and social relationships. Social and emotional intelligence help in negotiating successful transactions with other people, whether in social or business situations.