Originally Posted by ButterflyWoman
I would argue that intelligence is largely unchangeable. You can increase your knowledge, and improve your thinking ability (through various training programs, etc.), but if someone is not naturally in the far end of the intelligence bell curve, they're just never going to be there. I'm sure there are other personal characteristics that are similar, but I can't think of any just at the moment (I'm just about to shoot out the door, though
Maybe IQ isn't changeable, but I think IQ is meaningless for most people. Emotional intelligence is more useful and important (because anyone with an average+ IQ can do whatever they want -- society is made for people with average IQs, and 68% of people are within one standard distribution of the mean, whereas only 15% of people are more than one standard deviation below the mean).
And emotional intelligence is definitely changeable.
If you don't like IQ/EQ, there's also the fluid/crystallized theory of intelligence, and it seems to me that both can be improved.