What are Human Intelligences?

As with our immune systems, brains come amazingly equipped with natural abilities to discern. From birth, our nonspecific immune system ingests bacteria, foreign, damaged and dead cells. From birth, we have natural strengths for collecting data from the environment.

Also amazing is how we are designed to adapt through experiential exercise. Through exposure, we biologically learn to add and subtract molecules from our internal “virus list”, thus keeping us healthy far more often than not. Likewise we intellectually learn to demonstrate insight and interest in unique combinations that serve whatever environment we’re in. In other words, we behave and learn differently in an auditorium than on a farm, and our brains learn to focus respectively on our eye receptors see while reading and our ear receptors while listening to music.

First conceived of by Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner, the outlook of multiple intelligences asserts that everyone has many approaches to interact and experience successfully. All exist in each of us, each influences the others and each person tends to have one or two dominant aptitudes. Developing one of your less used intelligences will integrate your stronger ones with sophistication.

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Body-Kinesthetic Intelligence

How are you body smart?

Can you dial the phone without watching the numbers? Can do some things more easily than you can explain them, like typing or playing a sport or making dinner? Our bodies know things our conscious minds do not.

“If you have a strength in this intelligence area you tend to have a keen sense of body awareness. You like physical movement, dancing, making and inventing things with your hands, and role-playing. You probably communicate well through body language and other physical gestures. You can often perform a task much better after seeing someone else do it first and then mimicking their actions. You probably like physical games of all kinds and you like to demonstrate how to do something for someone else. You may find it difficult to sit still for long periods of time and are easily bored or distracted if you are not actively involved in what is going on around you.” From multi-intell.com

Interpersonal Intelligence

How are you people smart?

“If this person-to-person way of knowing is more developed in you, you learn through personal interactions. You probably have lots of friends, show a great deal of empathy for other people and exhibit a deep understanding of other points of view. You probably love team activities of all kinds and are a good team member--you “pull your own weight” and often much more! You are sensitive to other people’s feelings and ideas, and are good at piggybacking your ideas on others’ thoughts. And you are likely skilled at drawing others out in a discussion. You are also probably skilled in conflict resolution, mediation, and finding compromise when people are in radical opposition to each other.” From multi-intell.com

Intrapersonal Intelligence

How are you self smart?

“If this intelligence is one of your strong points you may like to work alone and sometimes you may shy away from others. You are probably self-reflective and self-aware and thus you tend to be in tune with your inner feelings, values, beliefs, and thinking processes. You are frequently bearers of creative wisdom and insight, are highly intuitive, and you are inwardly motivated rather than needing external rewards to keep you going. You are often strong willed, self-confident, and have definite, well-thought out opinions on almost any issue. Other people will often come to you for advice and counsel.” From multi-intell.com

Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence

How are you word smart?

“If this is a strong intelligence for you, you have highly developed skills for reading, speaking, and writing and you tend to think in words. You probably like various kinds of literature, playing word games, making up poetry and stories, getting into involved discussions with other people, debating, formal speaking, creative writing, and telling jokes. You are likely precise in expressing yourself and irritated when others are not! You love learning new words, you do well with written assignments, and your comprehension of anything you read is high.” From multi-intell.com

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

How are you logic smart?

“If you happen to be a logical-mathematically inclined person you tend to think more conceptually and abstractly and are often able to see patterns and relationships that others miss. You probably like to conduct experiments, to solve puzzles and other problems, to ask cosmic questions, and analyze circumstances and people’s behavior. You most likely enjoy working with numbers and mathematical formulas and operations, and you love the challenge of a complex problem to solve. You are probably systematic and organized, and you likely always have a logical rationale or argument for what you are doing or thinking at any given time.” From multi-intell.com

Musical-Rhythmic Intelligence

How are you sound smart?

“If you are strong in this intelligence area you likely have a love of music and rhythmic patterns. You are probably very sensitive to sounds in the environment; the chirp of cricket, rain on the roof, varying traffic patterns. You may study and work better with music in the background. You can often reproduce a melody or rhythmic pattern after hearing it only once. Various sounds, tones, and rhythms may have a visible effect on you--others can often see a change in facial expressions, body movement, or emotional responses. You probably like to create music and you enjoy listening to a wide variety of music. You may be skilled at mimicking sounds, language accents, and others’ speech patterns, and you can probably readily recognize different musical instruments in a composition.” From multi-intell.com

Visual-Spatial Intelligence

How are you image smart?

“If you are strong in this intelligence you tend to think in images and pictures. You are likely very aware of object, shapes, colors, textures, and patterns in the environment around you. You probably like to draw, paint, and make interesting designs and patterns, and work with clay, colored markers, construction paper, and fabric. Many who are strong in visual-spatial intelligence love to work jigsaw puzzles, read maps and find their way around new places. You probably have definite opinions about colors that go together well, textures that are appropriate and pleasing, and how a room should be decorated. And, you are likely excellent at performing tasks that require “seeing with the mind’s eyes,” such as visualizing, pretending, imagining, and forming mental images.” From multi-iintell.com

Naturist Intelligence

How are you nature smart?

“If the naturalist intelligence is one of your strengths you have a profound love for the outdoors, animals, plants, and almost any natural object. You are probably fascinated by and noticeably affected by such things as the weather, changing leaves in the fall, the sound of the wind, the warm sun or lack thereof, or an insect in the room. At a young age you were likely nature collectors, adding such things as bugs, rocks leaves, seashells, sticks, and so on to your collections. You probably brought home all manner and kinds of stray animals and today you may have several pets and want more. You tend to have an affinity with and respect for all living beings.” From multi-intell.com

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