Friday, May 20, 2011

Recognizing the 8 Types of Intelligence to Cultivate Creativity

A person is usually categorized as “smart” or an “idiot” based on one kind of intelligence. That’s right; it’s the scary IQ test. It’s the test we take for college or job applications. Some people would never want to officially go take the IQ test and know their score for the sake of it. Why is that? Well, what if it turns out that they are dumb? It isn’t a very good feeling. Is it?
It’s not that one is more stupid than the other. It is however that we do have multiple intelligences that we may not have recognized or gave much significance to.

Have you ever wondered how come someone could create music easily while another is struggling to understand it? That someone can easily write a letter while another is trembling with words? How come some people can easily dance while others stumble at the first steps? Why could someone score the highest grades in math while another can easily sell cars?

It’s simple. Unlike the very popular belief that there is only one kind of being “smart” or in that case the logical reasoning cleverness, there are eight types of intelligences as proposed by Howard Gardner, a professor of Cognition and Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education . Nonetheless, the bad news is that we don’t cultivate, nourish and train those other intelligences—that’s for most people I suppose.  Just focusing on one form, logical intelligence, might completely bury the other forms of intelligences. Have a look below for a moment and try to think which ones best suit you.

1.       Linguistic: Includes talents using spoken or written words, language and thinking symbolically. Those are best when it comes to writing, reading, giving lectures, telling stories, taking notes and so on.
2.       Logical-mathematical: The widely known form of intelligence that includes the ability to think with reason, logic, recognize patterns and work with abstract concepts. You will find among those are the ones who excel in math, engineering and science.
3.       Musical: Those with the ability to distinguish sounds, tones, rhythms, create music or sing.
4.       Spatial: Involves the ability to recognize and recall visual patterns and spaces such as artists, photographers or architects.
5.       Bodily Kinesthetic: It involves those with the ability to control bodily and physical movements such as those found in athletes, surgeons, actors or dancers.
6.       Interpersonal: They master the ability to recognize, interact and sense others’ needs and interests and use that understanding to communicate with them. You can see those skills in good salesmen, negotiators or politicians for example.
7.       Intrapersonal: It includes highly intuitive people who have clear sense of their inner self, understanding, feelings and motivations. Amongst them are psychologists or writers.
8.       Naturalistic: Includes the ability to observe, understand and organize patterns found in nature such as those who enjoy working in farms, gardens or with animals.

A person may have a combination of those intelligences; though, it is still important to recognize these intelligences. This is how he/she can work on them to improve his/her talents. The forms of intelligences once recognized, creativity in these aspects may flourish in remarkable ways. 

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Mohannad Rabie said...

so which type am i ?

Sherwette Mansour said...

I think it is best to know that by recognizing which tasks come easily to you. When time flies, it is the right track ;)

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