Multiple Intelligences

Proposed by professor Howard Gardner in 1983, multiple intelligence is a belief that everyone is adept at something which another person may not excel in. Put simply: Everyone learns differently!

It’s true that some people are particularly good at sports and/or playing instruments. Some people find it easier to work by themselves, and others enjoy being part of a group. Some find it entertaining to puzzle over problems all day. For example, a child who learns to multiply quickly and easily may not be less intelligent than a child who is struggling with the concept. He/she may find it easier to learn how to multiply using a different method or may be skillful in another field (not mathematics).

Wondering what area(s) you’re sinking or swimming in? Try this test.

Which are you best at? Here’s a brief description of each, and career areas that you might have an aptitude for:

Naturalist

You have a broad knowledge of nature. For example, you can identify different animal and plant species.

You learn best while outdoors and experiencing the real world, without barriers.

Career choices: marine biologist, zoologist, park ranger, conservationist, farmer, miner, explorer, tour guide…

Interpersonal (that’s me!)

You can easily sense other people’s moods, feelings, and motivations. You communicate effortlessly and emphasize with others.

You learn best in a group, by bouncing ideas off others. You may either be a leader or a follower.

Career choices: politician, teacher, counselor, social worker, sales specialist…

Logical/Mathematical

You excel at problem-solving, logic, abstracts, forming patterns, critical thinking, and reasoning (search “fluid intelligence” for more information).

You learn best when facing a problem involving numbers and/or patterns.

Career choices: mathematician, scientist, actuary, statistician, technician, librarian, accountant…

Spatial/Visual

You have the ability to visualize with the mind’s eye. You remember people’s faces easily.

You learn best by approaching a problem in a different perspective, or using a diagram.

Career choices: engineer, architect, photographer, fine artist, surveyor, pilot, inventor…

Intrapersonal

You often reflect on yourself, and know yourself inside-out (predicting your reactions, knowing your strengths and weaknesses).

You learn best by yourself, and spending time to think.

Career choices: psychologist, theologian, therapist, entrepreneur…

Bodily/Kinesthetic

You are very aware and in control of your body, and you can handle objects skillfully (good timing, motor skills, and coordination).

You learn best through movement and hands-on experimentation.

Career choices: athlete, dancer, soldier, police officer, firefighter, actor/actress, P.E. teacher, paramedic, farmer, carpenter, mechanic, physical therapist…

Musical

You have good pitch (perhaps even perfect pitch), and you’re able to sing, play instruments, and compose music well.

You learn best by listening to lectures or study by making your own songs or rhythms.

Career choices: composer, conductor, musician, singer…

Linguistic

You are good with words and languages, particularly reading, writing, memorizing words, and telling stories.

You learn best by reading, taking your own notes, and listening to lectures.

Career choices: writer, lawyer, teacher, politician, philosopher…

Existential

You often ponder the meaning of life and the possibility of afterworld(s).

Career choices: philosopher, human resources worker, psychologist, psychiatrist, activist…

You are motivated to do well.

Hope you’ve realized your potential! (:

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3 responses to “Multiple Intelligences

  1. I scored highest on Naturalistic, Logical, and Intrapersonal. I wonder, however, how Naturalistic could function on a neuroscientific level? Would it be an interaction between memory and an understanding of systems?

  2. I scored in some that I have never scored in before in the previous multiple intelligences tests that I have taken. I wonder if someone can shift from one intelligence to another with age…

  3. Sam: This could be a good science fair experiment, haha. Perhaps it’s related to curiosity as well?
    Rowena: I definitely believe so! Especially with the existential….as people become older and more experienced, you shift towards more philosophical questions eh (:

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