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Are You Smarter Than You Think?

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If you’re like us, you have a suspicious and cautious view of traditional intelligence, aptitude and achievement scores. High numbers may predict potential but not necessarily success. Low numbers do not prophesize a life of fruitless effort and minimal achievements. Individuals can be misguided by their “numbers”. Parents, educators and employers may reach wrong conclusions about the true interests, potential and gifts of people. The time and money spent on these types of tests may be wasteful and at worst, destructive.

How can we expand our views of intelligence and achievement to help people navigate their life path to be the very best they can be? By striving for a life of continual learning, adventure, fun and fulfillment. We believe Howard Gardner, Harvard educator, provides an approach that is helpful to revealing and developing natural interests and talents.

Dr. Gardner suggests that traditional methods of measuring intelligence are far too limited. His list of 8 Intelligences is shown with our addition of Global cognitive thinking (creative smart) We also added examples of activities associated with the intelligences so you can readily identify the ones that may be your navigation system for life success.

Auditory (word smart): Listening, Debating, Discussing, Interviewing, Copywriting, Negotiating, Asking questions, Drafting documents, Telemarketing, Speech writing

Visual (picture smart): Observing, Drawing, Designing, Photographing, Surveying, Proofreading, Creating visual media, Graphic design, Quality control observations

Kinesthetic (body smart): Performing hands-on activities, Dancing, Building, Repairing, Operating tools and equipment, Sport activities, Face-to-face interactions, Field sales

Sequential Mathematical (number and reasoning smart): Calculating, Prioritizing, Quantitative analysis, Scheduling, Organizing, Single tasking, Accuracy, Tactical planning, Practical

Global (creative smart): Inventing, Visioning, Innovating, Ideating, Multi-tasking, Creating options and possibilities, Context, Creative problem solving, Entrepreneurial environment

Musical (music smart): Singing, Writing music, Creating lyrics, Playing a musical instrument, Activities requiring a sense of rhythm and beat

Intrapersonal (self smart): Self awareness, Reflection, Introspection, Self analysis, Deep thinking, Individual activities

Interpersonal (people smart): Leadership, management and supervision, Team activities, Selling, Interacting with people

Naturalist (nature smart): Gardening, Farming, Animal care, Environmentalist, Collecting and classifying minerals, plants, trees and insects

“Intelligences” that you relate to the most are your gifts and strengths. See, “you’re smarter than you think.” Experiment with others about which you are curious. You may be surprised at discovering a new “intelligence.”

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2 comments on “Are You Smarter Than You Think?

  1. 2zpoint
    September 13, 2010

    you have hit the nail on the head with this article.However, I feel that this list may not even break it down far enough( i.e. the depth perception, reactive relation, intuitive ability to name a few). It is my belief that this list could possibly be immeasurable due to the possible traits and uniqueness of each person. It is a compelling and interesting topic worth discussing though.

    • brainpathways
      September 13, 2010

      Thank you for your kind comments. Yes, Deanna and I agree with you 100% that the list is immeasurable. Thanks for supporting the premise that we are all unique and smarter than we think.


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