“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~Albert Einstein

I have an intelligence quotient (IQ) of 125, a fact that alludes to me being almost a genius. However, I have a confession; I am in a big quandary when trying to reach a new location, or even when returning to my base from there. And I know people with an IQ below average who can perform the same task effortlessly. So am I intelligent or dumb ?

Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences discerns intelligence down into at least eight different components: logical, linguistic, spatial, musical, kinesthetic, naturalist, intra personal and inter-personal intelligences.

This theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) is in direct confrontation with the “classical view of intelligence.” The latter tests people on reasoning, arithmetical and linguistic logic and builds a score commonly called IQ.

This score has been the generally accepted measure of any person’s intelligence for decades. But now scientists believe that people are smart in more areas than math or English, and that these types of intelligences should be recognized and accorded their due place.

Originally intended for the realm of psychologists ,the multiple intelligence theory, MI has become widespread and very successful among educators at all levels.

These types of intelligence, when recognized in school, boost children’s self-esteem by simply calling attention to their talents. Teachers can use this theory in planning lessons by keeping all kinds of intelligences in mind.

Linguistic Intelligence is to be found in ample among Authors, Poets, Writers, Orators, Journalists and TV Anchors. These people have a profound understanding of words and a sensitivity to the literal and figurative meanings of words. They have facile communication style, and an inborn aptitude for grammar.

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence is an ability to understand numbers and logical concepts well, an ability to perceive numerical and logical patterns, and possession of highly developed reasoning and analytical skills.

Musical-Rhythmic Intelligence is defined by an ability to descry, recall and express musical forms. Musically intelligent people also have a high sensitivity to rhythm, pitch, meter, timbre, or melody. Beethoven, Stevie Wonder and Conductor Arturo Toscanini are illustrious examples of musically intelligent people.

Spatially intelligent people have a high ability to understand visual and spatial objects, sensitivity to the relationship between line, color, shape, space, and form. They make great Graphic artists, architects, map-makers . They are also good at repairing machines , understanding geometry, and completing jigsaw puzzles.

Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence is defined by highly developed coordination, balance, dexterity, strength, agility, and flexibility of the body. Pilots, Racing drivers, Dancers, football players, and gymnasts epitomize bodily-kinesthetic intelligence.

Interpersonal Intelligence is defined by an ability to distinguish and make distinctions in the moods, characteristics, intentions, temperaments, motivations, and feelings of other people. Those who have highly developed interpersonal intelligence are successful leaders, bosses, entrepreneurs, and military officers.

People that have verdant intra personal intelligence know themselves well. This means a precise knowledge of one’s dreams, goals, strengths, limitations, moods, anxieties, desires, and motivations. They aren’t forced into molds, and they make decisions based on what is right for themselves. They possess a strong sense of identity and purpose. This facet of intelligence is what is also labeled as Emotional intelligence by author Daniel Goleman. Several other researchers have also delved much further into “emotional intelligence‘’, and believe it plays a major role in a person’s overall mental makeup and peace of mind.

However all types of intelligences are somewhat correlated: people who score highly on one test tend to score well on all of them; a consummate artist will tend to be an intelligent person. Still its important to understand what one’s core competence is; in which of these eight intelligence facets is one most gifted? People who develop their career in a direction which gives them natural advantage over others are slated to be successful in work.

Were I to try and be a town planner it would have been a disaster. I am spatially challenged and am feckless at reaching a new location without asking for directions a dozen times! Thankfully I realized I have a flair for linguistics and became a wordsmith instead!



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Synonyms : touches


Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble

Synonyms : lightness, lissomeness, nimbleness


Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; give the right or opportunity or position

Synonyms : granted


Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; having or revealing supreme mastery or skill; without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers; perfect and complete in every respect; having all necessary qualities; verb make perfect; bring to perfection;

Synonyms : masterful, virtuoso


Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; dug into, unearthed

Synonyms : dug


Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; verb catch sight of

Synonyms : spot, espy, spy


Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; adroitness in using the hands or skilled in

Synonyms : sleight


Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; divide into pieces

Synonyms : severs


Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; embody the essential characteristics of or be a typical example of

Synonyms : typify


Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; a distinct feature or element in a problem

Other Meaning(s) : a smooth surface (as of a bone or cut gemstone)

Synonyms : aspect


Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; expressing one self readily, clearly, effectively

Other Meaning(s) : performing adroitly and without effort; arrived at without due care or effort; lacking depth;

Synonyms : eloquent, fluent


Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; generally incompetent and ineffectual; not fit to assume responsibility

Synonyms : inept


Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; (used of the Meaning(s) of words or text) not literal; using figures of speech;

Other Meaning(s) : consisting of or forming human or animal figures

Synonyms : non-literal, figural

  • Facets


Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; a part or possible aspect of something, e.g. an important facet of our work

Other Meaning(s) : verb; to cut facets in something, especially a gemstone

Synonyms : aspect, phase


Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; having or conferring glory; widely known and esteemed; having or worthy of pride

Synonyms : famed, glorious, redoubtable

  • Kinesthetic


Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; the sense that detects bodily position, weight, or movement of the muscles, tendons, and joints

Synonyms : weight


  • Mold (UK mould)


Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; to work into a required shape or form, to influence in determining or forming

Synonyms : shape

  • Naturalist


Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; a student or an expert in natural history, especially botany or zoology. The term is particularly used to describe a field biologist

Synonyms : environmentalist, natural scientist


Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; of the greatest intensity; complete; showing intellectual penetration or emotional depths; from the depths of your being; (of sleep) deep and complete; far-reaching and thoroughgoing in effect especially on the nature of something

Other Meaning(s) : situated at or extending to great depth; too deep to have been sounded or plumbed; coming from deep within one

Synonyms : deep


Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options; a situation from which extrication is difficult especially an unpleasant or trying one

Synonyms : dilemma, predicament


Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; a knowledge domain that you are interested in or are communicating about; the domain ruled by a king or queen; a domain in which something is dominant

Synonyms : region


Contextual Meaning(s) : Verb; designate or schedule

Other Meaning(s) : Noun; (formerly) a writing tablet made of slate; a list of candidates nominated by a political party to run for election to public offices; a fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into thin layers; thin layers of rock used for roofing; cover with slate; enter on a list or slate for an election

Synonyms : planned

  • Slated


Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; being in accordance with the prescribed or logical course of events.

Synonyms : anticipated, due

  • Spatial


Contextual Meaning(s) : adjective; relating to, occupying, or happening in space

Synonyms : relating to space

  • Timbre


Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; the quality or colour of tone of an instrument or voice, the quality of a speech sound that comes from its tone rather than its pitch or volume

Synonyms : character, quality

  • Temperament


Contextual Meaning(s) : noun; the combination of mental, physical and emotional traits of a person; natural predisposition

Synonyms : unusual personal attitude


Contextual Meaning(s) : Adjective; characterized by abundance or fullness

Synonyms : luxuriant


Contextual Meaning(s) : Noun; a fluent and prolific writer

Synonyms : author

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