Which Intelligence Is Your Most Dominant?

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Intelligence has always been a controversial subject. Historically, we have had a rather myopic view of the subject, and our supposed measurements of intelligence were very limited in the type of intelligence they reference. We have since learned that intelligence is harder to pigeon hole than we previously thought. According to Howard Gardner of Harvard University, there are seven types of intelligence. Each person may have a balanced mixture of the various types, or they may be very strong or weak in one or more aspects.

Visual-spatial intelligence has to do with how well a person is able to think in terms of the physical environment. People who are strong in this type of intelligence do well with graphs, models and other spacial, physical learning tools.

People who have strong musical intelligence work best with rhythm and sound. They are very aware of the sound that constantly surrounds them and may learn best by putting things to a rhythm, turning information into lyrics, or having music on in the background.

Intrapersonal intelligence refers to how well a person understands themselves, including their own mind and emotions. They tend to be loners, but they have wisdom and insight that results from a strong inner search into their own psyche.

Strong interpersonal intelligence, on the other hand, helps a person interact with their fellow humans because it allows one to understand the social cues of others. They are good at learning through interaction.

Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence is described as an aptitude for bodily movement, which would be beneficial for a dancer or surgeon. They are very aware of their bodies and learn well by touching and feeling the subject matter.

Linguistic intelligence has to do with the ability to use language effectively. They often think in words, rather than pictures, and are often auditory learners that do well when material is offered in written form.

Finally, someone with high logical-mathematical intelligence is able to calculate and reason to a higher degree than the rest. They do well when things are explained logically and with supportive numerical data. Seeing patterns and thinking conceptually are strong points.

What type of intelligence is strongest for you? Let us know!

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