Multiple Intelligences

Exploring the Different Types of Intelligence

Howard Gardner, a graduate of Harvard University and a developmental psychologist, developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences in 1986. Gardner believes that intelligence, the way it has traditionally been understood (logically, as with I.Q. tests), does not explain the wide variety of human abilities. The theory of Multiple Intelligences suggests that we excel with different types of intelligence.

In addition to being logical and Number Smart, a person might also be Word SmartPeople Smart or Picture Smart. Gardner has identified the following intelligences: Verbal/Linguistic, Logical/Mathematical, Visual/Spatial, Bodily/Kinesthetic, Musical, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal and Naturalist.

Extraordinary individuals are distinguished less by their impressive “raw powers” than by their ability to identify their strengths and then to exploit them. – Howard Gardner

About the Intelligences

Each intelligence is summarized below. You can take our free Multiple Intelligences Test to discover what your top intelligences are.

Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence
People with Linguistic intelligence are naturally good with writing or speaking and memorization.
Logical/Mathematical Intelligence
People with Logical intelligence are driven by logic and reasoning.
Visual/Spatial Intelligence
People with Visual intelligence are good at remembering images and are aware of surroundings.
Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence
People with Kinesthetic intelligence love movement, have good motor skills and are aware of their bodies.
Musical Intelligence
People with musical intelligence are musically gifted and have a “good ear” for rhythm and composition.
Intrapersonal Intelligence
People with intrapersonal intelligence are adept at looking inward.
Interpersonal Intelligence
People with Interpersonal intelligence are good with people. They thrive at and enjoy social interactions.
Naturalist Intelligence
People with Naturalist intelligence have a sensitivity to and appreciation for nature. They can “see” how nature works.

You may also be interested in learning about Learning Styles.

Personality Max’s Multiple Intelligences Test has no connection to and is not in any way endorsed by Howard Gardner.