Vol. 2 – Which Type(s) of Intelligences Do You Possess?

Read the continuation of the first article from the “Which Type(s) of Intelligences Do You Possess?” series. Five other types of intelligences are introduced, in relation to the first four, presented by Dr. Howard Gardner. Curious to know whether you possess those as an intelligent student?

Katrine Lionett Pedersen

Are you ready to read Vol. 2 – Which Type(s) of Intelligences Do You Possess? It’s a continuation of Vol. 1 – Which Type(s) of Intelligences Do You Possess? In that piece you learned about 4 types of intelligences; the logical-mathematical, verbal-linguistic, visual-spatial, and the naturalist. Research which is based on Dr. Howard Gardner’s work on intelligence .

In “Vol. 2 – Which Type(s) of Intelligences Do You Possess?” you’ll get to know 5 more. Explore which skills you possess as an intelligent student.

The Musical Intelligence

Do you have a talent for details of sound and music and is very sensitive to rhythm? Then you probably possess this type of intelligence.

Introducing 5 out of 9 types of intelligences:

The Musical

The Existential

The Bodily-kinesthetic

The Interpersonal

The Intrapersonal

You’re very passionate about music and have the capability to recognize, create, or reflect on music as well. The skill of discerning sounds and breaking them to their pitch, rhythm, tone, and timbre is something you master too.

When you’re doing other things, you’re very comfortable with music or sound playing in the background. Moreover, you’re sensitive to even the smallest sound, thus you can hear sounds that others miss. You may be good at singing, playing instruments, or composing music.

Intelligent student possessing the musical intelligence
Vinyl record of Dolly Parton. Photo by Fausto Bottini

Therefore, you can easily see yourself in professions like musicians, composers, vocalists, sound mixers, sound engineers, conductors, singers, and etc. as an intelligent student in this sphere.

The Existential Intelligence

If you’re good at tackling deep questions about human existence, you might tick off this type of intelligence. It implies that you’ve a curiosity towards answers to questions like “why do we live here?” and “why do we die?”. Tackling existential issues and serious questions is something you can manage. Hence, seeking the answers to these questions is something you’re passionate about too as an intelligent student in this sphere.

Skills like being good at reflecting on different topics and being able to think very abstractly are something you can relate to. Even the thought of designing abstract theories doesn’t scare you because you’re an intelligent student in this area. You’d be great in jobs in psychology and theology, or perhaps being a scientist doesn’t sound too bad… Or maybe you just like to think of these issues by yourself without making a career out of it.

Vol. 2 - Which Kind(s) of Intelligences Do You Possess?
Are you thinking about life and death? Photo by Fausto Bottini

The Bodily-kinesthetic Intelligence

Have you heard of mind-body coordination? It’s the ability to control your body movements and to handle objects skillfully and having good hand-eye coordination. This is all about physical skills and how to move elements around you.

If you’re an intelligent student in this area you’ve got a keen sense of body awareness and are aware of recognizing your physical limits. Moreover, you can be very good at sports. But at the same time, you might as well be very gifted in craftsmanship since you’re good with your hands. Handling tools and machines with high deftness is something that comes easily.

When having a bodily-kinestic intelligence
When being good at sports.

Additionally, this kind of intelligence is also useful to possess as a surgeon, whose every single movement during an operation can dictate how a patient’s life will proceed. The long and short of it is that you’ve a good sense of timing when it comes to performing tasks and activities.

People who possess bodily-kinesthetic intelligence are usually athletes, craftsmen, actors, firefighters, physical education teachers, and etc. Thus, the spectrum of professions is rather broad and the intelligence can be possessed by many different kinds of intelligent students.

The Interpersonal Intelligence

This kind of intelligence describes the ability to understand and interact effectively with others and at the same time to sense other people’s feelings.

It’s related to emotional intelligence, which refers to having a sensitivity towards moods, feelings, and temperaments of others. Hence, being able to deal with people properly according to their state of mood.

Moreover, you possess good communication skills, both verbal and non-verbally. You can easily spot distinctions between people and are able to view things from various perspectives. You might have a large social circle or at least you feel comfortable spending time with other people. Maybe it would suit you to do thesis writing in a thesis group? You’re an intelligent student who would do well in group work.

You’re very empathic and you can see yourself in various jobs as a graduate. You might be good as a counselor, politician, salesperson, business person, psychologist, and etc. In reality, you can use your interpersonal intelligence in all areas of your life and not just as a university student.

The Intrapersonal Intelligence

This kind of intelligence has many common traits with the previous one, interpersonal intelligence. However, this kind of intelligence describes the capacity to understand oneself and one’s thoughts and feelings. Moreover, you are good at recognizing and understanding your own moods, desires, motivations, and intentions. A skill that is not only great to possess as a university student but in all areas of life.

You’re very aware of your weaknesses and your strengths, furthermore your own thinking patterns and processes. Additionally, you’re able to use your high self-knowledge to regulate and direct your life. Your self-consciousness makes it easier for you to make crucial decisions that’ll affect your life. Being strong-willed and independent are common personality traits.

Vol. 2 - Which Type(s) of Intelligences Do You Possess?
Students being highly self-aware. Photo by Fausto Bottini

Similar to interpersonal intelligence you can use this kind of intelligence in all areas of your life. So maybe you know just how to write your thesis alone or might be good at validating whether you should do your thesis writing in a thesis group or alone. Nevertheless, you might be particularly good in jobs as researchers, theorists, philosophers, counselors, psychologists, and etc.


For now, we’ve made you slightly more clever on the topic of intelligence with Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 of Which Type(s) of Intelligences Do You Possess? We don’t exclude other views or perspectives on intelligence, we just found this view particularly interesting.

Remember that with the various types of intelligences, learning styles are another talk as an intelligent student. Moreover, the professions listed to the intelligences are merely suggestions – the whole world is at your feet. We just believe that passionate students are the way forward.