Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Beyond IQ-Multiple Intelligences

Recently on my journey to self discovery I came across a concept known as multiple intelligences. This to me is a diverse view on how individuals learn and understand things, gives everyone a chance to be, away form the singular classifications based on IQ.
See Howard Gardner's multiple intelligence theories model;  http://www.businessballs.com/howardgardnermultipleintelligences.htm  

According to Gardner the theory of multiple intelligences explains the extent to which students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways. For Gardner, intelligence is the ability to create an effective product or offer a service that is valued in a culture. It is a set of skills that make it possible for a person to solve problems in life. It is the potential for finding or creating solutions for problems, which involves gathering new knowledge.

He goes further to classify these intelligences into eight distinct perspectives. 

Linguistic Intelligence - using words effectively. Possesses excellent capacity to use language to express what's on your mind and to understand other people. Any kind of writer, orator, speaker, lawyer, or other person for whom language is an important stock in trade has great linguistic intelligence.

Logical -Mathematical - number and reasoning smart They got the  capacity to understand the underlying principles of some kind of causal system, the way a scientist or a logician does; or to manipulate numbers, quantities, and operations, the way a mathematician does.

Musical Rhythmic Intelligence: The capacities to think in music, to be able to hear patterns, recognize them, and perhaps manipulate them. People who have strong musical intelligence don't just remember music easily, they can't get it out of their minds, and it’s so omnipresent.

Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence: the capacity to use your whole body or parts of your body (your hands, your fingers, your arms) to solve a problem, make something, or put on some kind of production. The most evident examples are people in athletics or the performing arts, particularly dancing or acting.

Spatial Intelligence: the ability to represent the spatial world internally in your mind -- the way a sailor or airplane pilot navigates the large spatial world, or the way a chess player or sculptor represents a more circumscribed spatial world. Spatial intelligence can be used in the arts or in the sciences.

Naturalist Intelligence: the ability to discriminate among living things (plants, animals) and sensitivity to other features of the natural world (clouds, rock configurations). This ability was clearly of value in our evolutionary past as hunters, gatherers, and farmers; it continues to be central in such roles as botanist or chef.

Intrapersonal Intelligence: having an understanding of yourself; knowing who you are, what you can do, what you want to do, how you react to things, which things to avoid, and which things to gravitate toward. We are drawn to people who have a good understanding of themselves. They tend to know what they can and can't do, and to know where to go if they need help.

Interpersonal Intelligence: the ability to understand other people. It's an ability we all need, but is especially important for teachers, clinicians, salespersons, or politicians -- anybody who deals with other people.

The MI Theory by Howard Gardner though not yet scientifically proven ,to me makes a lot of sense. After taking the intelligence test ,it clarifies my ability to handle  my two money jobs well despite minimal expertise and my inherent desire to be in mainstream human capital management- because my strongest intelligences are Interpersonal, Intrapersonal and logical mathematical.

Have a look at the test,go ahead and take it,could be the puzzle you need to solve about your strongest skills,career choices and business. 

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