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Everyone Is Talented In Their Own Way: The 9 Types Of Intelligence You Should Know

Everyone Is Talented In Their Own Way: The 9 Types Of Intelligence You Should Know

We always think of intelligence as one entity. We think that scientists and academics are brainy and “intelligent” people. But if we put them in a bank, they may be at a loss for words when speaking to customers.

And what about the misconceptions about people engaged in less intelligible jobs such as waiting tables or telemarketing who are deemed “unintelligent? Try giving these people an empty canvas and watch them create a masterpiece for you with just a pencil.

The point is, our perception of intelligence is skewed. Everything that seems out of our reach is automatically deemed as intelligent however on the contrary, according to psychologist, Howard Gardner, everyone is blessed with multiple types intelligence. See the infographic below to have a better understanding.

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    The Science Behind 9 Types Of Intelligence

    The 9 types of intelligence as theorized by Gardner in his book called Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, is a great tool to find your individual strengths and weaknesses. And the scientific concept behind it is simple.

    Gardner’s view on intelligence states that there are 9 abilities that simply make us the intelligent beings that we are today and these 9 are musical-rhythmic, visual-spatial, verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalistic and existential.

    Different Types Of Intelligence To Empower Learners

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      By learning the theory behind Gardner’s studies, we get to know ourselves a little bit better. However, Gardner emphasised that by understanding our strengths, it shouldn’t limit us through labelling ourselves to a specific intelligence. Instead, it should empower us to recognise our weaknesses as well as to improve them.

      Understand Your Own Intelligence

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        Simply by taking the test based on the 9 types of intelligence, you’ll be able to have a basic understanding of which intelligence you are strong at. Take note that you should be providing your most honest answer in order for the results to be more accurate.

        Everyone Is Unique

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          So here below are my results that reaffirm that embarking on a writing career is a great choice for me because I’m linguistically intelligent. It also indicates that I’m typically good at reading, writing, telling stories and memorizing words as according to Gardner.

          However, apart from letting me know about my strengths, it would also mean that I’ve much work to do in other departments such as logic, interpersonal skills and maybe on my visual ability to visualize better with my mind’s eye.

          So why not give this test a try and maybe it’ll just change the way you perceive your own unique intelligence forever.

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            Brain Training: 12 Fast, Fun Mental Workouts

            Brain Training: 12 Fast, Fun Mental Workouts

            Exercise isn’t just for your body. Just as important is keeping your mind strong by training your brain with fun mental workouts.

            Think of your mental and physical fitness the same way: you don’t need to be an Olympian, but you do need to stay in shape if you want to live well. A few cognitive workouts per week can make a major difference in your life.

            The Skinny on Mental Workouts

            Physical fitness boosts your stamina and increases your muscular strength. The benefits of working up a mental sweat and brain training, however, might not be so obvious.

            Research suggests that cognitive training has short- and long-term benefits, including:

            1. Improved Memory

            After eight weeks of cognitive training, 19 arithmetic students showed a larger and more active hippocampus than their peers.[1] The hippocampus is associated with learning and memory.

            2. Reduced Stress Levels

            Mastering new tasks more quickly makes the work of learning less stressful. A stronger memory can call information to mind with less effort.

            3. Improved Work Performance

            Learning quickly and remembering key details can lead to a better career. Employers are increasingly hiring for soft skills, such as trainability and attention to detail.

            4. Delayed Cognitive Decline

            As we age, we experience cognitive decline. A study published by the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that 10 one-hour sessions of cognitive training boosted reasoning and information processing speed in adults between the ages of 65 and 94.[2]

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            Just like in physical exercise, what’s important isn’t the specific workout. To be sustainable, cognitive workouts need to be easy and fun. Otherwise, it’s too easy to throw in the towel.

            Fun Brain Training Exercises for Everyone

            The best about fun mental workouts? There’s no need to head to a gym. Feel free to mix and match the following activities for daily brain training:

            1. Brainstorming

            One of the simplest, easiest ways to engage your brain? Coming up with solutions to a challenge you’re facing.

            If you aren’t good at solo ideation, ask a partner to join you. When I’m struggling to come up with topics to write about, I call up my editors to bat ideas around. Friends or co-workers are usually happy to help.

            2. Dancing

            Isn’t dancing a physical workout? Yes, but the coordination it requires is also great for training your brain. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.

            Studies suggest that dance boosts multiple cognitive skills.[3] Planning, memorizing, organizing, and creativity all seem to benefit from a few fancy steps.

            3. Learning a New Language

            Learning a new language takes time. But if you split it up into small, daily lessons, it’s easier than you might think.

            With language learning, every lesson builds on the last. When I was learning Spanish, I used a tool called Guru for knowledge management.[4] Every time I’d learn a verb tense, I’d create a new card to give me a quick refresh before moving on.

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            4. Developing a Hobby

            Like languages, hobbies take time to develop. But that’s the fun of them: you get a little better—both at the hobby and in terms of brain function—each time you do them.

            If you’re trying to train your brain and improve a certain cognitive skill, choose a hobby that aligns with it.

            For example:

            • Attention to detail: Pick a hobby that requires you to work patiently with small features. Woodworking, model-building, sketching, and painting are all good choices.
            • Learning and memory: Choose an activity that requires you to remember lots of details. Your best bets are hobbies that require lots of categorization, such as collecting stamps or coins.
            • Motor function: For this brain function, physical activities can double as fun mental workouts. Sports like soccer and basketball build gross motor functions. Fine motor functions are better trained through activities like table tennis or even playing video games.
            • Problem-solving: Most hobbies require you to problem-solve in one way or another. The ones that test your problem-solving skills the most, however, take some investigation.

            Geocaching is a good example: Using a combination of clues and GPS readings, geocaching involves finding and re-hiding containers. Typically done in a wooded area, geocaching is a fun way to put your problem-solving skills to the test.

            5. Board Games

            Playing a board game might not be much of a physical workout, but it does make for a fun mental workout. With that said, not all board games work equally well for cognitive training.

            Avoid “no brainer” board games, like Candy Land. Opt for strategy-focused ones, such as Risk or Settlers of Catan. Remember to ask other players for their input.

            6. Card Games

            Card games build cognitive skills in much the same way board games do. They have a few extra advantages, though, that make them worthy of special attention.

            A deck of cards is inexpensive and can be played anywhere, from a kitchen to an airplane. More importantly, a deck of cards opens the door to dozens of different games. Challenge yourself to learn a few in an afternoon.

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            7. Puzzles

            Puzzles are great tools for building a specific cognitive skill: visuospatial function. Visuospatial function is important to train because it’s one of the first abilities to slip in people struggling with cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s.[5]

            Choose a puzzle you’ll stick with. There’s no shame in starting with a 500-piece puzzle or choosing one that makes a childish image.

            8. Playing Music

            Listening to music is a great way to unwind. But playing music goes one step further. On top of entertaining you, it makes for a fun mental workout.

            Again, choose an instrument you know you’ll stick with. If you’ve always wanted to learn the violin, don’t get a guitar because it’s less expensive or easier to pick up.

            What if you can’t afford an instrument? Sing. Learning to control your voice is every bit as challenging as making a set of keys or strings sound good.

            9. Meditating

            Not all cognitive exercises are loud, in-your-face activities. Some of the most fun mental workouts, in fact, are quiet, solo activities. Meditating can help you focus, especially if you have pre-existing attention issues.

            Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never meditated before. It’s easy:

            • Find a quiet, comfortable place to sit or lie down.
            • Set a timer for 10 minutes, or for however long you have to meditate.
            • Close your eyes or turn off the lights.
            • Focus on your breathing. Do not try to control it.
            • If your thoughts wander, gently bring them back to your breath.
            • When the timer goes off, wiggle your fingers and toes for a minute. Slowly bring yourself back to reality. Remember the sense of serenity you found.

            10. Deep Conversation

            There’s nothing more mentally stimulating than a good, long conversation. The key is depth: surface-level chatter doesn’t get the mind’s wheels spinning like a thoughtful, authentic conversation. This type of conversation helps in training your brain to think more deeply and reflect.

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            Choose your partner carefully. You’re looking for someone who’ll challenge your ideas without being confrontational. Stress isn’t good for brain health, but there’s value in coming up with creative arguments.

            11. Cooking

            When you think about it, cooking requires an impressive array of cognitive skills. Developing a cook’s intuition requires a good memory. Making sure flavors are balanced takes attention to detail. When something goes wrong in the kitchen, problem-solving skills come into play. Motor control is required to stir, flip, and whisk.

            If you’re going to cook, you might as well make enough for everyone. Invite them into the kitchen as well: coordinating with other chefs adds an extra layer of challenge to this fun mental workout.

            12. Mentorship

            Whether you’re the mentee or the mentor, mentorship is an incredible mental workout. Learning from someone you look up to combines the benefits of deep conversation with skill-building. Teaching someone else forces you to put yourself in their shoes, which requires empathy and problem-solving skills.

            Put yourself in both situations. Being a student makes you a better teacher, and teaching others gives you insight into how you, yourself, learn.

            Final Thoughts

            Your mind is your most important possession, and training your brain is needed to maintain its health. Don’t let it get soft.

            To keep those neurons firing at full speed, add a few fun mental workouts to your schedule. And if you’re still struggling to get your brain in gear, remember: there’s an app for that.

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