Everyone is smart – in different ways

13 May 2021

Everyone is smart.

Let it sink in: Everybody is smart in different ways and in their own way.

Think about it like this:

If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

It has long been known that there are different types of intelligence…

Whether it’s 4 types, 7 types, 9 types, 10 types or 12 types (there are different theories out there), doesn’t matter. The fact remains that individuals possess various different forms of intelligence.

The 8 main types of intelligence are:

1. Logical-Mathematical Skills

If you have logical-mathematical skills, you are good at analysing problems and doing anything mathematical. You tend to solve problems quickly and you understand complex instructions. You also like thinking about abstract ideas.

2. Linguistic Intelligence

Having linguistic intelligence means that you like and are good with words, language, and writing.  You are probably also good at public speaking. A great asset is that you can explain things well.

3. Spatial Intelligence

People with spatial intelligence (sometimes called visual-spatial intelligence) are good at recognising patterns; they interpret visuals well and often have an interest in visual art. They are good at doing puzzles of any kind and they know how to interpret pictures, graphs, and charts.

4. Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

Sportsmen are known to have bodily-kinesthetic intelligence. Their strengths include physical movement and body control, and they have great coordination. Often someone with bodily-kinesthetic intelligence remembers better by doing something, rather than hearing or seeing something.

5. Musical Intelligence

Do you often think in sounds and patterns? Do you feel as if you understand musical structure, notes, and rhythms? If your answer is yes, musical intelligence is most likely one of your ‘intelligences’.

6. Interpersonal Intelligence

Those with interpersonal intelligence understand other people and they can relate to others. They also have strong emotional skills; they tend to have healthy relationships and they are good at solving conflicts.

7. Intrapersonal Intelligence

Do you find that you are prone to introspection (thinking about and analysing your own thoughts and emotions) and self-reflection (assessing yourself as a person and the way you do things)?

If this applies to you, it means you have intrapersonal intelligence. It also means that you are self-aware as well as sensitive to your own feelings and you understand your own strengths and weaknesses.

8. Naturalistic Intelligence

The characteristics of someone who has naturalistic intelligence is an appreciation for nature and finding enjoyment in outside activities. Their interest usually lies in areas such as botany, biology, and the environment. They are good at seeing patterns and relationships in nature, and otherwise.

Ask your teachers and others who know you well to help you to determine which types of intelligence apply to you.

Never forget: You are smart in your own way(s). Like everyone else. Ensure that you put your knowledge and smartness to good use.

And remember the old saying:

Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people learn from their experiences… and others think they already have all the answers.

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