Everyone Is Talented in Their Own Way: The 9 Types of Intelligence You Should Know

Most people think of one of the many stereotypes when they imagine a highly intelligent person. In reality, geniuses come in varicose forms and there are numerous things which humans can be “intelligent” at doing. Many people believe that they will be unable to learn something as they are not geniuses or not intelligent in regard to a specific subject or topic. But, the psychologist Howard Gardner claims that everyone has multiple types of intelligence.  ( Look at the image below for specifics)

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Science pertaining to 9 types of human intelligence.

Gardner’s book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences serves as great tool for determining one`s strength and weakness.  Gardner believes that the features that make people intelligent can be categorized: musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalistic and existential.

  1. Musical-rhythmic: the ability to rhythm, timbre, pitch, and tone.
  2. Visual-spatial: ability to think in three dimensions. The core capabilities include active imagination, image manipulation, mental imagery, artistic skills, and spatial reasoning.
  3. Verbal-linguistic: ability to use complex language to convey complex meanings.
  4. Logical-mathematical: ability to calculate, consider propositions, quantify, and complete mathematical operations.
  5. Bodily-kinesthetic: ability to use various physical skills and manipulate objects and items.
  6. Interpersonal: ability to interact with others well, including both verbally and non-verbally.
  7. Intrapersonal: ability to understand your own feelings and thoughts.
  8. Naturalistic: ability to discriminate between living things.
  9. Existential:  ability to think about deep questions about human existence.

Intelligence empowers people.

Reading Gardner`s works allows us to get to know ourselves better.  Acknowledging our strengths frees us from the stereotypes and recognition, while becoming aware of our weakness allows us to focus on them and work to improve ourselves in the future.

Comprehending intelligence.

Specifically, we are all able to take a test involving the 9 types of intelligence.  In other words, we are all able to determine the specific kind of intelligence we have.  Note that this is one case when honesty is the best policy! Don’t answer hesitantly as by doing so you are selling your potential intelligence.

Every intelligent person is distinct.

For example, if the results from the test suggest that you are linguistically intelligent, you should seek a carrier which is based on writing.  Even if you don’t work in the area that your results suggest, thinking about your skills and your potential success of working such as job could provide ideas which some careers which fit your intelligence.

In addition, it is also very important to think profoundly about what the results suggest you to learn more about. For instance, although you might be a great writer, maybe you could gather more knowledge involving logic and reasoning, coordination, visualization, visual ability, and interpersonal skills.  Everyone would benefit from taking the test, as long as they can summon the courage to prepare for the results!