What Type of Intelligence are You?

To our surprise, IQ is not the only way to measure intelligence. According to Howard Gardner, a developmental psychologist, there are 9 different types of intelligence that humans can develop. We’re here today to break down the different types. Which one do you think you are?

1. Linguistic

  • Specialists: Public Speakers, authors, poets, song-writers, Teachers, Translators
  • How to Develop: Crossword puzzles, storytelling, reading, writing, learn new languages

2. Logical/Mathematical

  • Specialists: Scientists, Mathematicians, statistician, logicians, Computer programmers, Doctor, engineers
  • How to Develop: Arithmetic problems, calculations, strategy, and experimenting; Study Math and sciences

Linguistic and Logical Intelligence are intelligence that you typically use in traditional school. If you considered someone “smart” in school, then you were more so than not referring to being developed in these two types of intelligence.

3. Musical

  • Specialists: Musicians and Singers
  • How to develop: Play an instrument, listen to music, create music, sing

4. Spatial

  • Specialists: Pilots, Sculptors, Graphic designers, artists, painters, sailors, architects
  • How to Develop: Puzzles, Mazes, Drawing, Painting, Sculpting, Daydream, Model building

5. Bodily/Kinesthetic

  • Specialists: Craftsmen, Trade Skills, Dancers, Athletes, Surgeons
  • How to Develop: Work with tools/heavy machinery, Physical activity/skills, play sports, use your hands or body to solve problems or make things.

6. Intrapersonal

  • Specialists: Philosophers, Psychologists, Spiritual Leaders
  • How to Develop: Understand Emotional Intelligence, Question Yourself, Understand human behavior, study psychology and philosophy

7. Interpersonal

  • Specialists: Teachers, Counselors, Social Workers, Nurses, Actors, Businessperson, Politician, Human Resource
  • How to Develop: Communicate with various types of people, Practice verbal and nonverbal communication skills, practice active listening, Study psychology and human behavior

8. Existential

  • Specialists: Philosopher, Psychologists, Spiritual leaders
  • How to develop: Question yourself, Study religion, ethics, psychology, and philosophy

9. Naturalistic

  • Specialists: Veterinarians, Farmers, Hunters, Chef, Botanist, Nutritionist
  • How to Develop: Plant a garden, Work with animals, learn how to cook, study nutrition, experience outdoor adventures, go camping

So now that we’ve outlined the types of intelligence, you can develop the self-awareness to know which intelligence you identify most with. The next step is to decide if you want to harness all the intelligence or only a few. Do you want to be a jack of all trades or a master of one? Ultimately this is your decision. There is no right answer. It can depend on what your values and personality are. Your values guide you to what’s important in your life. Now that you understand more about intelligence, be sure to share this knowledge with a friend! This may provide them with eye-opening insight that could help them get more out of life.


Vital, M. (2017, March 14). 9 Types Of Intelligence — Infographic. Retrieved from Adioma: https://blog.adioma.com/9-types-of-intelligence-infographic/