1. Linguistic Intelligence -- the gift of words.
Linguistically intelligent people best understand the world
spoken and written word.
They enjoy reading and writing, use expressive language, get
puns riddles and word games, are interested in foreign languages, memorize
easily and take notes in class.
They entertain, teach, argue and persuade effectively through the
word. They are trivia masters, voracious readers, clear writers
masters of comprehension of all things word-oriented.
Who are they? Journalists, poets, lawyers, storytellers...
Shakespeare, Maya Angelou,
2. Visual/Spatial Intelligence --
the gift of pictures
Visually intelligent people best understand the world through
visualization and spatial orientation.
They enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together
with three-dimensional puzzles. They recall memories through
images, and understand maps and blueprints easily.
They identify, modify and transform different aspects of the
visual-spatial world. They have an extreme sensitivity to visual
and see images vividly, draw or sketch their ideas graphically,
orient themselves easily in a three-dimensional world.
Who are they? Architects, photographers, artists, pilots,
mechanical engineers... Ansel
Adams, Amelia Earhart, Frieda Kahlo...
3. Musical -- The gift of music
Musically intelligent people best understand the world through
They notice patterns quickly, easily move to a beat, enjoy
of music. They hum and mimic music, sing or play an instrument,
difficulty concentrating when surrounded by music, and they enjoy
rhythm of poetry.
They perceive, appreciate and create rhythms and melodies. They
good ear, can sing in tune, keep time to music, and can easily
differentiate different musical selections.
Who are they? Composers, lyricists, pianists, rock stars...
Mozart, Elton John, Billie
4. Bodily Kinesthetic Intelligence -- the gift of body
Physically intelligent people best understand the world through
They enjoy physical movement and tactile experiences. They believe animals
and the physical environment are important. They enjoy studying biology
and ecological issues. They write letters and numbers well, and
choreograph and design new games.
They can easily control their body movements and skillfully handle
objects. They are sewers, chefs, carpenters, and model-builders.
to jog, camp, swim, ski, dance, and so on. They're hands-on people
have good touch sensitivity, need to keep moving, and get "gut
Who are they? Athletes, craftspeople, mechanics, surgeons...
Michael Jordan, Bob Vila,
5. Logical/Mathematical -- the gift of logic and numbers
Mathematically and Logically intelligent people best understand
through cause and effect.
They like things to be orderly and neat and can get frustrated
unorganized people. They follow step-by-step instructions, and
use information to solve problems. They can often perform
quickly in their heads. They enjoy games and puzzles involving
They have a keen ability to reason, order, think in terms of
cause-and-effect, create hypotheses, look for regularities or
and enjoy a general rational outlook on life.
Who are they? Scientists, accountants, computer programmers...
Albert Einstein, Marie
Curie, Isaac Newton...
6. Interpersonal Intelligence -- the gift of people
Socially intelligent people best understand the world through the
They learn by and enjoy interacting with others. They compromise,
negotiate, and empathize with others. They exhibit leadership
participate in politics. They are involved in extracurricular
and like being a "team player."
They are perceptive and responsive to the moods, dispositions,
and needs of others. They can "get under your skin" to view the
Who are they?
Teachers, social directors, administrators, highly effective
Mahatma Gandhi, Cesar Chavez, Jaime Escalante...
7. Intrapersonal -- the gift of self
Intrapersonally intelligent people best understand the world from
unique point of view.
They are keenly aware of their own beliefs, feelings and
enjoy working on their own, and are generally successful at
self-motivating. They like to know why they are doing something.
accurately assess their own skills and weaknesses and they take
They can easily access their own feelings and can differentiate
many different kinds of inner emotional states. They are
self-understanding, introspective, contemplative, independent,
self-driven, and self-disciplined.
Who are they? Counselors, theologians, entrepreneurs... Sigmund
Freud, Jesse Jackson,
8. Naturalist Intelligence -- the gift of nature
Environmentally intelligent people best understand the world
They enjoy working and being outdoors. They like to classify
hierarchies. They believe that nature, ecological issues and
They can easily understand and remember different species in their
environment. They often have a "green thumb." If raised in an
environment, they may apply their skill in remembering and
objects in their "natural" surroundings such as cars, sports shoes
album covers. Who are they? Naturalists, farmers, environmentalists... Charles Darwin, Jane Goodall,
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