9 Types of Intelligences: Which Do You Possess?

That is what school beat into us by putting certain types of intelligence on a pedestal and ignoring other types. If you are not good at math or language, you might still be gifted at other things but it was not called intelligence. Why?

In 1983 Howard Gardener described 9 types of intelligence:

  • logical-Mathematical
  • linguistic
  • bodily
  • musical
  • naturalist
  • interpersonal
  • intra-personal
  • spacial
  • existential

What other scientists thought were just soft-skills, such as interpersonal skills, Gardener realized were types of intelligence. It makes sense. Just as being a math whiz gives you the ability to understand the world, so does being “people smart” give you the same ability, just from a different perspective. Not knowing math you may not calculate the rate at which the universe is expanding, but you are likely to have the skills to find the right person who will.

Even 20 years after Gardener’s book came out, there is still a debate whether talents other than math and language are indeed types of intelligence or just skills. What do you think?

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