Multiple intelligences

More than anyone, psychologist Howard Gardner has revolutionized the concept of intelligence by introducing the idea that there is not one but eight intelligences. Interestingly, Gardner started in the 1980s with seven, introduced an eighth, the naturalist intelligence, in the 1990s, and has recently been toying with a ninth, existential intelligence.

Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences is a profoundly important link in the chain between learning and creativity. If you accept that each person has many intelligences, it is an easy step to assume that being creative means being able to harness the fullest potential of each of your intelligences.

By suggesting that there are many intelligences, Gardner has given us an implicit definition of creativity that moves us away from the act of creating a new artistic product toward the notion that each of us has the potential to develop each of our intelligences. Creativity becomes much more a state of being than a privileged artistic activity. Learning and creativity are created by dint of any competent learner wanting to be able to harness their potential in as many of their intelligence areas as possible.

While Howard Gardner has argued for seven, then eight, and most recently nine intelligences, I believe that there are ten. But, whether I am right or wrong, what is important is that there is more than the one intelligence that has dominated so much of western thought, IQ.

Here are some simple descriptions of the different characteristics of my ten intelligences. Just by reading them, you will probably be able to see where you have particular strengths and where you are less confident. You may well find several intelligences with which you immediately identify. You may also find bits of some descriptions that seem to apply to you while some elements do not. They are only meant as a guide, to begin to help you see the various facets of your mind that can contribute to your overall success.

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