You receive your report card in the mail, and with hesitation, you open the envelope to read out your results. To your surprise, it is not good news. So, maybe you’re not the greatest in your academics, or maybe, you’re terrible at listening to your lectures. However, does that mean you are not intelligent? Your GPA is not the only way to measure your intelligence. In 1983, according to Howard Gardner, an American Developmental Psychologist, he shared his findings on nine types of intelligence. What others see as just soft skills, Gardner realized saw it as types of intelligence, but from a different perspective. So, are you smart? And what kind of intelligence do you have?
1. Naturalist Intelligence (Nature Smart)
If you have a Naturalist intelligence, you may have a knack for identifying patterns in your surroundings. You are hypersensitive towards your surroundings, bringing value to hunters, gatherers, farmers, botanists, and chefs. This type of intelligence was vital for our ancestors to hunt for their people’s survival. In modern society, it has been speculated that those with Naturalist intelligence are central to mobilize in the discrimination of cars, sneakers, kinds of makeup, and more.
2. Musical Intelligence (Sound Smart)
Do you have a calling to music? Can you pick up a new instrument with ease? You also find it natural to write and compose your own music. With Musical intelligence, you can discern the pitch, rhythm, timbre, and tone of the song you’re listening to. It is also easy for you to recall a phrase or a piece of music you’ve heard and can usually play music by ear. This means you have an ear for sound and music that others do not.
3. Logical-Mathematical Intelligence (Number/Reasoning Smart)
With this type of intelligence, you’re often caught in abstract and symbolic thought. Formulas and reasoning skills are your expertise. In reasoning, you usually use inductive and deductive thinking patterns. Not only do you love strategy games and math problems, but odds are you’ve been begging your close circle to participate in any wacky experiments you’ve had lingering in your mind. You’d excel as a mathematician, detective, or scientist.
4. Existential Intelligence (Life Smart)
Why are we still here? What is the meaning of life, and what is my purpose in this world? If you’re an Existential intellect, you tend to indulge yourself in the most existential questions. Although these questions may not have a definitive answer, your philosophical mind keeps you up at night, and your theories are probably worthy enough to be published. Your thoughts, ideas, and hypothesis are all centered around life and the symbolic meaning of it all. “How did we get here? Why are we here? Why am I asking so many questions?”
5. Interpersonal Intelligence (People Smart)
Interpersonal intelligence means that you get people. You find it easy to consider the different sides of everyone’s story, are open to other people’s perspectives, and are willing to put yourself in other people’s shoes. Additionally, you read other’s emotions well, and you can quickly tell if someone is genuine or not. You are empathetic and great at socializing with others on a deeper level, perfect traits for teachers, social workers, actors, or politicians.
6. Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence (Body Smart)
Do you feel like your mind and body are one? Can you tap into this energy directly? You are a unique soul who uses the mind and body in unison to achieve your goal. Basically, you’re great with timing, motor skills, athletics, and dancing. Perhaps you are a great dancer or excel in the athletic field; you may even have the talent to be a great surgeon. Whatever it is, your mind and body are one in harmony, and your physical skills are unmatched by your friends.
7. Linguistic Intelligence (Word Smart)
Do you have a vast vocabulary? Do you think in deep thoughts or internal monologues? Can you pick up the subtle differences in the meaning of words and languages? With this type of intelligence, you enjoy reading, writing, and finding beauty in language and words. Foreign languages come easy for you, and you learn new words faster than others. A lot of Linguistic intellect work as poets, novelists, journalists, and public speakers.
8. Intra-personal Intelligence (Self Smart)
Have people always called you quiet? Do you consider yourself a deep, emotional thinker? You are probably at one with yourself. Your mind is your safe haven, and you understand your thoughts and feelings on a deeper level than most. Moreover, you are aware of who you are and what you want, and you know how to change yourself for the better. You can motivate yourself by being your own motivational coach. You can achieve your goals faster and easier because of how attuned you are with what you want and accepting who you are. If you have Intrapersonal intelligence, you might make a good psychologist, philosopher, or spiritual guide.
9. Spatial Intelligence (Picture Smart)
Are you great with directions and are a strong visual learner? With Spatial intelligence, you enjoy solving puzzles, mazes and excel in creative drawing and painting. Your thought process is in 3 dimensions, and you may have artistic skills and an expansive imagination because of this. If you have Spatial intelligence, you may do wonders as sculptors, painters, sailors, pilots, and architects.