While it is commonly perceived that IQ tests provide the best measure of intelligence, some scientists disagree.
More than 20 years ago, a Harvard University scientist by the name of Dr. Howard Gardner argued that traditional IQ tests only favoured logical and mathematical people. He proposed that people were much more complex than standard testing suggested and grouped the different strengths of individuals into 8 intelligence types.
Here’s a more detailed explanation of each of the intelligent types. Which ones fit you best? Remember, you can be strong in several intelligence types!
Do you keep a journal? Do you plan to write a novel one day? How many of the traits below fit your personality?
Count the characteristics that seem to describe you well. If you count more than four, you’re very likely linguistically and verbally intelligent. (And might just be the next J.K. Rowling!)
Logical and mathematical intelligence represents the traditional concept of “intelligence”, and it is the type of intelligence that is measured on many standardized tests.
Scored more than four? You might just be the next Einstein!
How many of these traits fit your personality? Do you have a knack for navigating? Are you the leader when it comes to find your way to a new location?
If more than four of these traits as familiar to you, you might just be a rare spatial intelligence type!
Are you a natural when it comes to gymnastics or dance? Do you have smooth moves? Do you have a great sense of balance and are usually called graceful?
Body and movement intelligence is a trait of the world’s great athletes. Are you one of them?
Did you start dancing as soon as you started walking? Can you tap out a tune on the piano after hearing it once? People with musical intelligence have “an ear for music”.
Who knows? You might be the next Beethoven or pop idol!
If you seem to know what other people are thinking, you probably have interpersonal intelligence. Do people come to you with their problems? Do you find yourself giving a lot of advice?
People can sense if you have interpersonal intelligence and they tend to lean on you.
Do you get lost in your own little world sometimes? That’s a trait of someone with intrapersonal intelligence. A person with strong intrapersonal intelligence might be accused of “thinking too much” about things.
Intrapersonal intelligence comes in handy when it comes to analyzing essays, deconstructing arguments, and doing a critical analysis of an article.
Love bugs? Are you deeply concerned about the environment? These are a few of the traits of people with naturalist intelligence. If you dream about living in the wilderness, or if you love to grow plants, you might fit into this category.
If you relate to the characteristics below, you’re a naturalist intelligence type.
At the end of the day, the type of intelligence that you are may play a great factor in how fast you pick things up. However, this cannot be exchanged with pure effort. When it comes to skills, the old adage still holds true – “Practice makes perfect”.
Remember, you can be strong in several intelligence types!
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