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Howard Gardner, a graduate of Harvard University and a developmental psychologist, developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences in 1986. Gardner believes that intelligence, the way it has traditionally been understood (logically, as with I.Q. tests), does not

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explain the wide variety of human abilities. The theory of Multiple Intelligences suggests that we excel with different types of intelligence.

In addition to being logical and Number Smart, a person might also be Word Smart, People Smart or Picture Smart. Gardner has identified the following intelligences: Verbal/Linguistic, Logical/Mathematical, Visual/Spatial, Bodily/Kinesthetic, Musical, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal and Naturalist. Each intelligence is summarized below.

About the Intelligences


Verbal-Linguistic Intelligence

People with Linguistic intelligence love words. They enjoy reading and writing. Linguistic people are often gifted at learning languages. They appreciate the complexities of sentence structure, word structure, meaning and sound. They savor convoluted words and are quick at learning them. They possess rich vocabularies.

School is an area in which people with Linguistic intelligence often do well. They enjoy lectures and taking notes. They also have the ability to teach others and communicate complex concepts. People with Linguistic intelligence are adept at communicating through the written word and seek to hone their skills.

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

People with Logical intelligence process information through logic and reason. They are attracted to investigation by means of the scientific method. They do well with quantitative methods that rely on the researcher's ability to observe and reach a verifiable conclusion.

They dislike nebulous assumptions and subjective analysis. Instead, they trust hard facts and numerical data. They seek accuracy and precision in their learning and work. Their mind is complex and works like a computer. Logical Intelligence thrives on mathematical models, measurements, abstractions and complex calculations.

Visual-Spatial Intelligence

People with Visual/Spatial intelligence are very aware of their surroundings and are good at remembering images. They have a keen sense of direction and often enjoy maps. They have a sharp sense of space, distance and measurement.

People with Visual intelligence learn well through visual aids such as graphs, diagrams, pictures and colorful displays. They usually enjoy visual arts such as drawing, painting and photography. They can visualize anything related to art, fashion, decoration and culinary design before creating it.

Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence

People with Kinesthetic intelligence learn through movement and experimentation. They enjoy sports and activities that require physical exertion and mastery. Some Kinesthetic people enjoy the artistic side of movement such as dance or any kind of creative movement. These artistic types enjoy acting and performing in front of an audience.

People with Kinesthetic intelligence enjoy building things and figuring out how things work. They like to use their hands and are very active. They have excellent motor skills and coordination. They are very physical and are keenly aware of their bodies.

Musical Intelligence

People with Musical intelligence recognize sounds and tones with ease. They appreciate music and rhythm. They have a "good ear" for music and can easily learn songs and melodies. They notice when someone is singing off-key. People with musical intelligence are good at imitating sounds or other people's voice or intonation.

Rhythm and music can be a way for them to memorize concepts. Some people with musical intelligence are especially gifted at composing, singing or playing an instrument. They often have a song running through their head. They often learn well through lectures since they are highly auditory.

Intrapersonal Intelligence

People with Intrapersonal intelligence are adept at looking inward and figuring out their own feelings, motivations and goals. They are quintessentially introspective. They analyze themselves and seek understanding. People with intrapersonal intelligence are intuitive and usually introverted. They learn independently and through reflection.

Philosophy, psychology and theology are often of interest to people with intrapersonal intelligence. They enjoy journaling because it helps them learn about themselves. They are also good at helping others understand themselves. They are able to predict the reactions of themselves and others.

Interpersonal Intelligence

People with Interpersonal intelligence thrive with social interaction. They are gifted at establishing rapport with strangers and make friends easily. They are adept at reading, empathizing and understanding others. People with Interpersonal intelligence work well with others and often have many friends. They are masters at collaboration.

Interaction, dialogue and lively discussions are ways in which people with Interpersonal intelligence learn. They are enthusiastic and lively. Others often seek them out for advice, help and comfort. They are good at making others feel welcome and often reach out to outsiders. They are inclusive of others. The more the merrier.

Naturalist Intelligence

People with Naturalist intelligence have a sensitivity to and appreciation for nature. The Naturalist intelligence focuses on how people relate to their natural surroundings. Naturalists have a special ability to grow plants, vegetables and fruit. They have an affinity for animals and are good at training and understanding them.

Naturalists can easily distinguish patterns in nature. They are aware of and intrigued by weather phenomena. They are good at discovering the wonders of nature. Naturalists love to walk, climb, camp and hike. They enjoy the outdoors. People with Naturalist intelligence are inspired and rejuvenated by nature.
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