Vol. 1 – Which Type(s) of Intelligences Do You Possess?

Do you feel intelligent? All people possess different types of intelligences to different degrees. We’re presenting 9 types of intelligences, introduced by Dr. Howard Gardner. Find out which skills and knowledge you possess in Vol. 1 of Which Types of Intelligences Do you Possess?

Katrine Lionett Pedersen

According to research, there are nine types of intelligences. Read about the first four in this post, “Vol. 1 – Which Type(s) of Intelligences Do You Possess?” and the following five in Vol. 2.

We typically perceive people, who we consider as being intelligent, as people who possess a lot of knowledge. Moreover, the skill to apply that knowledge as well. That is to a large extent true. However, intelligence is multifaceted and there is a lot more to intelligence than just that.

Find out which types of intelligences you possess…

Introducing 4 out of 9 intelligences:

The Logical-mathematical

The Verbal-linguistic

The Visual-spatial

The Naturalist

Introducing the Various Types of Intelligences

Did you know that Albert Einstein once failed both botany, zoology, and language sections in a test for getting admitted to a polytechnic school in Zürich? The man turned out to be a genius anyway. There is hope for all of us – and all university students.

Therefore, we’d like to shed light upon the different types of intelligences that research suggests there is. The fact is that you can have outstanding skills in mathematics and then be really lousy at languages at the same time. You can’t master everything. Not even as a master’s graduate, how convenient that may sound.

Dr. Howard Gardner, a Harvard psychologist and researcher in educational psychology, introduced his view on intelligence in his book: “Theory of Multiple Intelligences” in 1983. His theory has been widely used, and we’d like to introduce his view. However, do read the following paragraphs with a grain of salt. Not even intelligence is black and white, and you can certainly possess bits of the various types of intelligences, to different degrees.

The Logical-mathematical Intelligence

This is probably the most well-known and acknowledged type of intelligence. If you’re gifted with this intelligence, you’ve great abilities to solve mathematical problems. Your ability to think conceptually and abstractly is strong. Similarly to the capacity to discern logical or numeral patterns.

The Logical-mathematical Intelligence
When having a thing for numbers. Photo by Fausto Bottini

Furthermore, it also involves the skill of quantifying things and solving arithmetic problems. You’d possibly also enjoy performing experiments in order to prove hypotheses, playing logic and strategy games, and solving puzzles.

The learning style for such people involves acquiring theoretical knowledge of concepts first, before getting down to business and working with the finer details. People with high logical-mathematical intelligence would be good in jobs as scientists, engineers, accountants, mathematicians, investigative detectives, and etc. The DTU student Thor, which we’ve interviewed, might be gifted with this type of intelligence!

The Verbal-linguistic Intelligence

This type of intelligence refers to a person’s ability to use words effectively. It’s not a requirement that you’ve to master 5 languages before being categorized as someone with a high verbal-linguistic intelligence.

In fact, if you’re familiar with one language only but have magnificent skills on how to use that language sufficiently you can still have high verbal-linguistic intelligence.

In other words (hehe), verbal-linguistic intelligence is your ability to pick the right words to express what you mean. You may have excellent skills in persuading others, you’ve a rich vocabulary, and you know your way around how to use it properly in accordance with the communication situation. 

Moreover, you might like to read and write a lot, similarly listening and speaking, you enjoy playing word games, and may have an easy grasp of other languages.

You’d be good in jobs with communication tasks such as being a journalist, public speaker, politician, lawyer, translator, writer, and etc. And you might even master thesis writing as a university student with this type of intelligence.

The Visual-spatial Intelligence

This describes one’s capacity to think in images and to visualize accurately and abstractly. Moreover, it also refers to being good at recognizing and manipulating the patterns of wide space and furthermore the patterns of more confined areas as well.

Your mental imagery is great, meaning that the capacity to draw up pictures or representations of the physical world in your mind comes easy. The same goes with the capacity to view an image and picture how it will look when tweaked. The capacity to perceive and think about objects in 3D even with limited information available may be high as well, referred to as spatial reasoning.

Visual spatial intelligence
When mastering drawing 3D objects. Photo by Fausto Bottini

Graphic skills and creativity may also fall under this category. Hence, people with high visual-spatial intelligence might be good at puzzles, painting, constructing, fixing, designing objects, and navigating maps even. As a result, such people would shine in jobs as sculptors, artists, inventors, architects, mechanics, engineers, and etc.

The Naturalist Intelligence

If you know just how to recognize and categorize plants, animals and other objects, and have a certain connection to nature you might check this one of your list.

You know how to apply science theory to real life, and you’ve a certain interest and sensitivity towards all living in nature. 

Also, you enjoy spending time outdoors and are able to connect easily with animals, thus raising animals or making plants grow is something you’ve a knack for.

If you possess the naturalist intelligence, you’d work best as a botanist, agriculturist, farmer, scientist, naturalist, landscape architect, and etc.

Did you possess any of the four intelligences introduced? There are five more, according to Dr. Howard Gardner, read about them in Vol. 2 of “Which Type(s) of Intelligences Do You Possess?”. Who knows, you might be able to use that knowledge to find out what you’re good at. Hence, being able to combine your thesis with your passion – if you’re a candidate about to write your thesis.