Do You Believe in Multiple Intelligences?

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When I first learned of Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences, I immediately believed. Over this past July 4th weekend, I was reminded of Multiple Intelligences when my son challenged me to 4 days of badminton tournaments. Though only 7, my son is really good at badminton. So much so, that I stopped “going easy” on him and fought heartily for every point I scored. Though I unleashed all the skill I could muster, my son only became better and better as I grew more and more tired.

As I considered Multiple Intelligences, I liked how Gardner defined intelligence by various modalities rather than a general ability. Multiple Intelligences include:

  • Spatial – ability to visualize, good at puzzles
  • Linguistic – spoken and written words
  • Logical-Mathematical – logic, reasoning and numbers
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic – control of bodily motion and handling objects
  • Musical – sounds, rhythms and tones
  • Intrapersonal – introspection and self-reflection
  • Interpersonal – interaction with others
  • Naturalistic – ability to relate to one’s natural surroundings

While I can definitely say my son did not get his Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence from me, I am happy to say he is leaps and bounds better off than his mom!

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2 Responses to Do You Believe in Multiple Intelligences?

  1. Yes, I am a believer too! I joke with my husband that between us we have one really great brain since we both have natural talents that the other one does not. Mine are focused on the left side of the brain while his are focused on the right side. Thank goodness we got together 😉

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