What is Multiple Intelligence? / By Howard Gardner
Multiple intelligences are seven different kinds of intellectual ability.
Those endowed with this intelligence have a good sense of the visual world, think in pictures, make mental images of information or make mental movies. Their skills include reading, writing, sketching, painting, interpreting charts, maps, graphs, designing and constructing. Careers:
Artists, architects, engineers, inventors, graphic designers, mechanics and photographers.
Those who have this kind of intelligence are very good users of language and words. They think in words rather than pictures and are usually persuasive orators. Their skills include listening, speaking, writing, story telling, explaining, understanding syntax and meaning of words, teaching and analyzing use of language. Careers:
Journalists, writers, advocates, translators, teachers and salespersons. Logical Intelligence
These people can use logic, reason and numbers well. They think logically, have a questioning mind and love to experiment. Their skills include working with abstract concepts, performing complex mathematical calculations, problem solving, classifying and categorizing information and working with geometric shapes. Careers:
Accountants, computer programmers, engineers, researchers, mathematicians and economists. Bodily Intelligence
These people express themselves through movement. Their skills include dancing, sports, and crafts, acting, using their hands to create or build. Careers:
Actors, dancers, sports, persons, sports instructors and artisans.
These people can produce and appreciate music and can think in sounds, rhythms and patterns. They are sensitive to music as well as sounds in nature and environment like bird songs, blaring horns etc. Their skills include singing, playing musical instruments, music composition and remembering melodies. Careers:
Singers, composers, musicians and disc jockeys.
These people can relate to and understand others. They are very perceptive about other people’s feelings, emotions and motives. They can see things from the other’s point of view with ease. They generally like to co-operate with others. Their skills include empathy, counseling and cooperating in a group setting, communicating both verbally and non-verbally, building trust and conflict resolution. Careers:
Counselors, salespersons and businesspersons.
Self personal Intelligence
These people introspect well and know their own strengths and weaknesses well. They are basically thinkers. Their skills include reflecting and analyzing themselves. Careers:
Philosophers and theorists.