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Many human beings think of one of a number of stereotypes when they envision a highly intelligent individual. Yet, in reality, geniuses come in a wide array of different forms, and there are countless different things that human beings can be “intelligent” at doing. By the same token, many people simply assume that they won’t be able to figure something out or to learn something just because they aren’t “geniuses,” or just because they don’t consider themselves to be intelligent regarding a specific topic, subject, or area of expertise. However, psychologist, Howard Gardner argues that all humans have multiple kinds of intelligence—checkout the infographic below for the specifics.
Source: Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences by Howard Gardner.
Science pertaining to 9 types of human intelligence.
Gardiner’s book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences is an essential tool that can be utilized for determining personal strengths and weaknesses. According to Gardiner, the abilities that make human beings intelligent can be straightforwardly categorized: musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalistic and existential.
Intelligence empowers people.
We really can get to know ourselves significantly better by studying Gardner’s works, and by contemplating them in conjunction with ourselves and our lives. By understanding our strengths, we will not be limited by stereotypes or recognition, and by comprehending our weaknesses, we will be capable of focusing on them in order to improve ourselves in the most positive and productive ways possible.
More specifically, all of us are capable of taking the test which involves the 9 types of intelligence, and all of us are capable of determining which specific kind of intelligence we already excel at. Keep in mind that this is one instance when honesty really is the best policy—don’t sell yourself and your potential intelligence short by answering hesitantly.
Every intelligent person is distinct.
For instance, if you take the test and the results indicate that you are linguistically intelligent, you should strongly contemplate what a career in writing would entail, and what it would be like to experience such a career. Even if you don’t end up getting a job in the specific area that your results suggest, just thinking about why you could be well-suited to such a profession could easily provide ideas for similar careers which might be tailored even better to you as an incredibly unique (and intelligent) individual.
Additionally, it’s just as important to contemplate what the results indicate you need to learn more about. For example, even though you may be an adept writer, perhaps you could obtain and apply much more knowledge pertaining to logic and reasoning, interpersonal skills, visual ability, or hand-eye visualization and coordination. Every human being would probably benefit from taking the test—as long as they can muster the courage and adequately prepare for the (potentially surprising) results!