With the way that the majority of society classifies intelligence, you probably would be labeled an idiot. However, that’s not the case.
In school, your intelligence is measured by the grade you get for taking a test, telling you either you’re good at memorization or not.
Yet, any one person’s intelligence cannot be qualified simply by test-taking.
There are many intelligences that schools do not see as important or vital to your development (early education and even college). Book smarts is not everything!
Some schools and cultures value something more than your ability to take tests and memorize information, which don’t get us wrong, is still a great skill to have.
We’re talking about those “odd” jobs or skills that aren’t really odd at all but aren’t encouraged or cultivated from a young age.
You can be smart and a poor test taker. How so? Because schools only test certain types of skills rather than all types of intelligence.
There are 9 different types of intelligence and only a few are considered important to teach in schools.
The first intelligence is spacial intelligence. Spacial intelligence is a person’s ability to visualize the world in 3 dimensions. They are people who tend to be sailors, pilots, sculptors, painters, and even architects.
The second intelligence is naturalist intelligence. A naturalist has the ability to discriminate among living things (plants/animals) as well as a sensitivity or awareness to aspects of nature like clouds and weather. Naturalists are people who are great at hunting, farming, botany, and cooking.
The third intelligence is musical intelligence. A person who has the ability to discern pitch, rhythm, timbre and tone. There’s also an interesting connection between music and emotions. A person with musical intelligence shares common “thinking” or “understanding” with those of mathematical intelligence.
The fourth intelligence is logical-mathematical intelligence. They’re able to calculate, quantify, hypothesize, and carry out complete mathematical equations. These are people who tend to be scientists, detectives, CPAs, and the like.
The fifth intelligence is intra-personal intelligence. This is a person who understands themselves: what they think and how they feel and utilize that information to live their life. There’s an appreciation of the self, but also of the human condition. Many of these individual are spiritual leaders, philosophers or even enter into psychology type fields.
The sixth type of intelligence is linguistic intelligence. People with this intelligence have the ability to think in words and use language to express and appreciate complex meanings. It is the most widely shared human competence and is found in journalists, novelists, poets, and public speakers.
The seventh type of intelligence is bodily-kinesthetic intelligence. This is where a person has the ability to manipulate objects and use a variety of physical skills. They have a sense of timing and have a mind-body connection. These people tend to be dancers, athletes, surgeons and people of a craft like woodworking.
The eight type of intelligence is existential intelligence. A person who is sensitive and has the capacity to tackle deep questions about human existence such as life, death, and how we got here.
The ninth type of intelligence is interpersonal intelligence. It’s the ability to understand and interact effectively with other people. They’re also able to express themselves verbally and nonverbally and note mood and temperament difference in people. They end up working as social workers, teachers, actors and even politicians.
What kinds of intelligences do you have? How do you harness your intelligences in life? Are there any intelligences that you have that can be cultivated to be stronger? Perhaps, you can improve your skills in one or several of these intelligences to do better in your line of work? Maybe, you’re in the wrong kind of job or industry and need to make changes?