Original Articles

Coping with Life's Challenges in the 21st Century: A Three-Pronged Strategy

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 18, issue 4, 2008 , pages: 653–658
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2008.10820248
Author(s): Martha A.J. (Tilla) OlivierNelson Mandela Metropolitan University,, Johannes L. van der WaltNorth-West University,


The demands and challenges of life in the 21st century are such that an ‘academic-rationalistic’ view of intelligence needs to be replaced with a more holistic view of intelligence as a multi-faceted construct. However, merely replacing the traditional view with the relatively new one that presents intelligence as multi-faceted, has little pedagogical significance in itself. The potential inherent in the various facets of intelligence has to be exposed and developed. This can be effectively done by inter alia applying the tenets of positive psychology and of an asset-based educational approach.

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