Apparently I’ve got multiple intelligences! That’s awesome but what are they?

5 05 2010

You knew it all along. You are so smart you can’t use just one measure of intelligence to measure your brain power. You are a complex, multi-faceted genius and you need to measure your greatness in many ways.Fortunately there is a test perfectly suitable for the job. In 1983 Dr Howard Gardner put forward the idea of eight different ways of measuring intelligence which are:

  1. Visual-spatial: the ability to visualise something in your mind’s eye. Useful for artists, architects and designers.
  2. Verbal-linguistic: a talent for words and language, both spoken and written.
  3. Logical-mathematical: an intelligence for logic, reasoning and manipulation of numbers.
  4. Bodily-kinaesthetic: learning from muscle movement. Typically how could you are at sporting activities.
  5. Musical-rhythmic: a talent for music, sounds and learning through hearing.
  6. Interpersonal: an intelligence for interacting with other people, empathising and sensitivity for other’s feelings.
  7. Intrapersonal: a talent for self-reflection and understanding your own emotions and feelings.
  8. Naturalisitic: an ability to relate to and understand your surroundings and environment.

The idea is that we all have different levels of intelligence in the eight different areas. Being strong in one area doesn’t make you an intelligent person overall. There is lots of scepticism about Dr Gardner’s eight measures of intelligence, particularly because they have never been scientifically verified.

Nonetheless I think it’s a fantastic way of understanding what kind of learner you are and what learning styles suit you best. There’s a great website that you can go on to find out how you rate in all eight intelligences:

Multiple Intelligences Test

Here are my results:

I was stunned to find out how much of a kinaesthetic learner I am. Upon reflection I always knew that I learnt things well by doing them but this made it very clear to me that using a combination of written, spoken and physical activity based learning styles really suit me best. It also confirmed my musical ineptitude!

Did the test throw up any surprises for you? Share them with everyone in the comments section below!

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12 05 2010
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I just added you to my friends and subscribed to your content and I have just uploaded new videos and photos. The idea is that we all have different levels of intelligence in the eight different areas. Being strong in one area doesn’t make you an intelligent person overall.

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