Multiple intelligences, which we all have, is the subject of our little episode here.
“I believe that the brain has evolved over millions of years to be responsive to different kinds of content in the world. Language content, musical content, spatial content, numerical content, etc.”
– Howard Gardner
As we transition to our next chapter “Perceiving” let’s now look at the multiple intelligences we innately have at our disposal.
It is the multiple intelligences ensemble we are all born with.
Let’s shortly and simply go through all of them. My aim is to help you acknowledge your native strengths.
Here they are:
- The logical-mathematical
- Linguistic verbal
- And, the naturalistic intelligence with which you categorize everything that you find in nature.
You were born with all these multiple intelligences!
And, nobody ever took it away from you. Nobody can ever take it away from you. You used all your multiple intelligences to learn everything you could about this place called Earth, yourself and other people, while you were little. Buckminster Fuller’s observation that everyone is born a genius is not hype.
However, as I have said before, after the age of 7 years old, you have started your own brain lateralization. In other words, and to continue Fuller’s observation:
“… the process of living de-geniuses them.”
Meaning us, the ones born geniuses.
After 7 years old, you have started to function, at times, with just one dominant brain hemisphere at a time. Thus your reception got very much distorted. Our schools and teachers, with probably few exceptions, no matter where you have studied on this planet, addressed mostly to your logical-mathematical and linguistic intelligence. This is what school does:
“Open your manual, go to lesson so and so, and, learn it!”
What they mean is:
“Memorize it! Tomorrow you’d better know it, or else!”
Virtually, this is the teaching method for all the subjects and the classes taught in most schools. One method for all children. Obviously, with just one method for all, we stop using our innate intelligence. After all, nobody seems to encourage us to use all of it.
If you were naturally inclined toward logical-mathematical intelligence and linguistic intelligence, then, good for you! You were labeled as one of the best in your class. Probably you got all the credit.
Therefore, you have made your parents happy and proud.
If you were more inclined toward other types of intelligence, you may have been labeled by your teachers and colleagues as the weirdo of the class. Let’s say you’ve had an appetite for your naturalist type of intelligence, closely followed by your visual-spatial, bodily-kinesthetic and intra-personal intelligence. A natural daydreamer.
Me, often times!
Maybe, you, too.
In such a case, your teachers together with your parents or caregivers were terribly worried about you. No wonder your life started to be very challenging since you were very little. You will better understand the situation I have laid down as I’ll shortly and simply describe all the types of intelligence we are borne with. Keep in mind, they are always at our service, throughout our life on Earth.
We just need to acknowledge it. And, use it.
However, since about 7 years old, instead of keeping our reception in its natural state, we began to narrow it down. We began obsessing about amending and correcting our flaws. Which are imagined, anyway, just like everything else is.
So, let’s now see what happens with us as we receive information while using our multiple intelligences.
The logical-mathematical intelligence
We express ourselves by analyzing problems. Mathematical operations are our kind of fun. We are good at reasoning, recognizing patterns and logically analyze problems. Also, we tend to think conceptually about numbers, relationships, and patterns.
Excellent in problem-solving. We enjoy thinking about abstract ideas, and we like to conduct scientific experiments. In our daily life, we may work as:
- computer programmer,
- or accountant.
The linguistic verbal intelligence
We love words, language, and writing. Very good at writing stories, memorizing information and reading. Strong in using words well, both when writing and speaking. Also, great at remembering written and spoken information.
We are very good at debating or giving persuasive speeches and presentations. Able to explain things simple and clear, we often use humor when we present projects or tell stories. In our daily life, we may be:
- coaches or consultants.
- Or CEOs with flawless public speaking skills.
The visual-spatial intelligence
Gifted with visualizing and judging spaces. Quite often, great with directions. Or, maps, charts, videos, and pictures.
Also, we enjoy reading and writing. Great at putting puzzles together, interpreting pictures and graphs. Drawing, painting and the visual arts, are our kind of fun. We recognize patterns easily. In our daily life, we may work as:
- art directors,
- or film directors.
The bodily-kinaesthetic intelligence
Physical movement, especially controlling it, is one of our gifts. Obviously, great at body movement, performing actions and physical control. We have excellent hand-eye coordination and dexterity. Great athletes. Also, we enjoy creating things with our hands.
We have excellent physical coordination and tend to remember by doing, rather than hearing or seeing. In our daily life, we may work as:
- or an actor.
The musical intelligence
Obviously, the rhythm of everything is inside of us. Also, we are thinking in patterns, rhythms, and sounds. We have a strong appreciation for music. Musical composition and performance. Our dominant preference is singing and playing musical instruments, while easily recognizing musical patterns and tones.
We impress our friends with how well we remember songs and melodies. Naturally, we easily understand the musical structure, frequency, rhythm, and notes. In our daily life, we are:
- music teachers,
The interpersonal intelligence
We are gifted in understanding, relating and interacting with other people. Great at assessing the emotions, motivations, desires, and intentions of those around us. Because we are natural born communicators, orally and in writing, skilled nonverbal communicators, we are able to see situations from different perspectives. Also, we tend to create positive relationships with others.
We shine at resolving conflicts in groups. Our life work may be as
- or politicians.
The intra-personal intelligence
We love introspection and self-reflection. Therefore, we are great at being aware of our own emotional states, feelings, and motivation. Our most loved activities are:
- self-reflection and analysis,
- exploring relationships with others
- and assessing personal strengths.
We are good at analyzing strengths and weaknesses. Also, we enjoy analyzing theories and ideas, while having excellent self-awareness. We clearly understand the basis for our own motivations and feelings.
The naturalistic intelligence
We are in tune with nature. Obviously, we are interested in nurturing, exploring the environment and learning about other species. We are highly aware of even the subtlest changes in our environment. Interested in subjects such as:
- great at categorizing and cataloging information easily.
All the above are the multiple intelligences available to all of us, from birth. We have all of them inside us.
All of them!
The more aware we are of all of them, the more naturally and intentionally we reintegrate all of them into our reception abilities. Therefore, we can perceive our reality in a much wider, richer, larger and natural way.
If you want to go further into this fascinating subject of multiple intelligences I recommend you find the books of Howard Gardner and Daniel Goleman. The purpose of this episode is just to help you acknowledge your inner strengths. Thus your mind is primed for Perceiving. We are starting the fourth part of the “Think Zing!” book in the coming episode.
Until we meet again, be well.
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