Measuring Intelligence...

I have just learnt that there are indeed different types of intelligence, and the modern world concentrates far too much on only oneof them; the IQ. The Intelligence Quotient is a measure of a persons ability to think Logically and Mathematically, but this is not the complete picture.



Once again I thought i had had an original idea, only to find out that someone has already thought of it. Still i'm like the murphy's!

Psychologist Howard Gardner has identified the following types of intelligence in children (but these apply equally to adults):



1. Linguistic

People with this kind of intelligence enjoy writing, reading, telling stories or doing crossword puzzles.

2. Logical-Mathematical

People with lots of logical inteligence are interested in patterns, categories and relationships. They are drawn to arithmetic problems, strategy games and experiments.

3. Bodily-kinesthetic

These people process knowledge through bodily sensations. They are often athletic, dancers or good at crafts such as sewing or woodworking.

4. Spatial

These people think in images and pictures. They may be fascinated with mazes or jigsaw puzzles, or spend free time drawing, building with Legos or daydreaming.

5. Musical

Musical people are always singing or drumming to themselves. They are usually quite aware of sounds others may miss. These kids are often discriminating listeners.

6. Interpersonal (Emotional)

People who are leaders among their peers, who are good at communicating and who seem to understand others' feelings and motives possess interpersonal intelligence.

7. Intrapersonal (Emotional)

These people may be shy. They are very aware of their own feelings and are self-motivated.



According to Howard Gardner, these intelligence traits are set very early in children and although they can be modified, the older you get the more difficult it becomes.

Everyone has a measure for each of these types of intelligence, unfortunaltey the only type that is measured in the main is the Logical-Mathematical, resulting in an IQ score, which is used, unfairly I feel, to determine a persons ability in life.


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