The 10 Types Of Intelligence



Intelligence can be divided into several sub-components which are distinct from one another. Therefore, strengths in some areas of intelligence are not necessarily indicative of strength in other mental areas. Below you will find a brief breakdown of the ten types of intelligence:

1. Logical-Mathematical

Your ability to comprehend arguments which move from one premise to the other, and to be able to decipher between premises, is the ability gained through possessing logical-mathematical intelligence. The more of this you have, the better you will tend to be at debating, arguments, maths and the like.

2. Linguistic

Also known as grammatical intelligence, this is your ability to understand and express language. A high degree of this will be characterised by a large day-to-day vocabulary and an ability to express things clearly and concisely.

3. Spatial

People with high spatial intelligence will have an easy time visualising images in their mind. This means they may be inclined towards artistic pursuits.

4. Musical

This is to do with the ability to decipher the rhythm, harmony and tone of sound precisely. Those with high musical intelligence can learn quite well simply through listening.

5. Bodily-Kinaesthetic

This includes hand to eye co-ordination and the ability to learn things through body movements and actions alone. People with high bodily intelligence tend to learn by doing as opposed to the theory of things.

6. Social

This is the ability to interact with other people, either as a leader or follower. People with high social intelligence tend to be able to understand people and their circumstances without even saying. They are conscious of small signals which people give off, and these can be read properly to describe the social situation accurately. This is an aspect of mental intelligence because social situations can be deciphered or interpreted tacitly.

7. Emotional

This is the ability to understand both your own and other people's emotions. Someone with high emotional intelligence will be able to understand the reasons for their emotions, and can effectively empathise with the emotions of others.

8. Intuitional

This is the intelligence of gut instinct. Someone with high intuitional intelligence will be able to tacitly tell whether a situation is right or wrong, simply from the instinct that they get. It is also the ability to be able to identify good ideas and thought when they occur, without it getting lost in the mental inferno of other thoughts.

9. Perspectival

This is the ability to understand another point of view without that point of view even being stated. Someone with high perspectival intelligence will be able to understand other people's belief systems and be able to incorporate it themselves to have a "real life" perspective of it.

10. Stationary

This is the ability to understand something without any bias whatsoever. This bias can be in the form of emotional, belief, theoretical and empirical bias. It is is the ability to see something "as is" without adding any attachment of outcome or belief to it.

What To Expect

The first step to improving on weakness is in identifying it in the first place, so you can specialise your efforts into improving those weak aspects individually. This will allow you to improve your intelligence in a systematic way, without the confusion arising from a lack of weakness identification.

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