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Every day in every way, I’m getting more socially adept. Well, maybe not. But one no longer need feel the stigma of a double-digit IQ—current theorizing has it that humans have “multiple intelligences,” one of the more important being “social intelligence.” This kind of smarts lets one “accurately perceive the social environment and act accordingly.” In other words, Mr. Life of the Party—who winds up with all the women while you, a doctoral candidate, for God’s sake, weren’t even invited—should be a figure of study, not scorn. William Strein, of the University of Maryland’s school of psychology, explains “Social Adeptness—Another Form of Intelligence and Its Effect on Our Mental Health” at 7:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. FREE. (703) 212-0010. (Dave Nuttycombe)