When I was growing up and going through the various levels of education, the only kind of intelligence I knew about was IQ or intelligence quotient. Some people had more of it while others had less of it. It was better to have more and the more you had the better off you were. Or so I thought.
It seems the people with more IQ, figured out there were different types of intelligence. By the time my grandkids grow up, there will probably be a bunch more different intelligences discovered.
Visual Intelligence. The ability to store, retrieve or generate visual images. It is typically measured by the ability to perceive or transform visual shapes, or patterns. An example of someone with visual intelligence could be an artist or photographer.
Linguistic Intelligence is the ability to understand and use spoken and written language, as well as to learn foreign languages. People who excel in this ability may do well as writers, speakers, or lawyers.
Logical Intelligence is the ability to think analytically, in an orderly or practical manner, or perform mathematical-related tasks. It may also include the ability for mathematical calculations, pattern recognition, and logical thinking. An example of a person with logical intelligence might be a mathematician.
Kinesthetic Intelligence is the ability to use one’s body with great precision and full control of one’s bodily motions and the capacity to handle objects skillfully. An example would be an athlete.
Naturalist Intelligence is the ability to recognize and categorize animals, plants, and other objects found in nature. People with natural intelligence more easily identify and relate to being with nature. An example of a person with this intelligence would be a biologist or forest ranger.
Musical Intelligence involves the ability to create, use, and appreciate music and sound. People with this ability have the ability to play musical instruments and appreciate musical harmony and remember tunes. An example would be a composer or musician.
Existential Intelligence is the ability to be an abstract, philosophical thinker. A person with this intelligence can understand and contemplate philosophical topics. An example could be a philosopher.
Interpersonal Intelligence is the ability to be aware of one’s own emotions and understand how to adjust those emotions to better relate to the emotions of others. A person with interpersonal intelligence has good people skills. A teacher is a good example.
It seems to this writer, it would be a good thing for each of us to be aware of the area(s) of our own emotional intelligence strengths and weaknesses. Having this information about ourselves would seem to make it easier to be comfortable in our own skin. A reasonable goal, wouldn’t you agree?
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