Introducing: XQ - Awareness Intelligence

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Did you know that only 10-15% of people are self-aware?

You’ve most likely experienced an unaware person. life is moving fast these days, increasing the odds that you have been unaware of yourself. For example, after a stressful day at work, your significant other strolls into the room and says something innocent like, “You left the cap off of the toothpaste again.” and boom! The boxing gloves are on, you’ve entered defense mode, or even worse, you’re now projecting back on to your love the things that they do, that you don’t like.
Houston, we have a problem.

Or, for example, Jim, your frenemy at work. Despite his best intentions and desires to collaborate uses cutting phrases or gossips to his colleague about another teammate saying things like, “Sally in sales really can’t close deals, she’s dragging us all down, and I can’t stand her voice.” Completely unaware of how his words are affecting Bill and that how he speaks to Bill about Sally is a representation of how he might talk about Bill when he’s not around. Oof.

The brains at Harvard Business Review (HBR) say that most people over evaluate their level of self-awareness, whereas only 10-15% have the skill. So, if you are standing in a room of 10 people, nine of those ten people are unaware of how they show up in the world - and who knows, maybe you are one of those nine? 🤷🏼‍♂️

We’re setting out to solve that, for everyone.

For a good reason, self-awareness is a highly sought after skill. According to HBR, “when we see ourselves clearly, we are more confident and more creative. We make sounder decisions, build stronger relationships, and communicate more effectively. We’re less likely to lie, cheat, and steal. We are better workers who get more promotions. And we’re more-effective leaders with more-satisfied employees and more-profitable companies.”

In a sentence: self-awareness is a key to unlock the gifts of life.

But how do you improve your level of awareness? Is it measurable? If so, how do you begin to measure it?

After all, what gets measured gets managed. Something this important deserves to be measured so we can all flourish together. So we went on an expedition around the world working with the most advanced practitioners, researchers and doctors in the fields of mindfulness, mind+body medicine, and neurophysiology to produce the world’s first self-awareness assessment. On that journey, we discovered a new domain, or what will be known as:

XQ - Awareness Intelligence (or Quotient)

XQ or Awareness Intelligence is the evolution from EQ - Emotional Intelligence and IQ - Intelligence Quotient and is the container in which all things occur. The ability to alter the level of awareness provides the ability to expand EQ and IQ.

Why the moniker XQ? Let’s break it down:

Why “X”:

  • X is feminine (XX Chromosome)
    • given the flexibility of awareness it’s nature is undoubtedly feminine
  • X is the unknown variable in mathematics
  • X is just rad

Why “Q”:

  • To inspire more people to look at life as a Question and to live a life of wonderment.
  • To link XQ to “quotient” thanks to EQ and IQ, “Q” has become synonymous with “intelligence.”
  • To pay homage to Mayer & Salovey, who coined the term EQ - emotional intelligence and to Daniel Goleman who popularized the word.
  • To pay homage to the psychologist William Stern who created IQ

While awareness is undefinable, it is one of the most critical variables in our lives. Our mission at Sensie is to provide the best tools to help elevate human flourishing - which starts by measuring and assessing awareness.

Given the stats in the HBR article above, the ability to measure and optimize self-awareness opens the door to expanding self-awareness and expanding our latent potential as humans.

Without further ado, here is the world's first sneak peek at Sensie’s Self-Awareness Assessment - measuring XQ and providing the ability to expand it fast.

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