4 comments on “Types Of Intelligence

  1. The best kind of intelligence that is missed in the above list is “common sense.” Where I work, I have seen high school drop-outs with lots of common sense who are way smarter that the university grads with multiple degrees. Sort of makes one pause and wonder…..

    • I wonder if Existential (life smart),
      Interpersonal (people smart), and/or
      Intra-personal (self smart) would contribute to common sense.

  2. Existential, possibly because it can be instinctual. The other two aren’t forms of intelligence, in my opinion. Those are social skills that can be taught to even those with diminished mental capacities.

    • What they used to call “soft skills” that didn’t really qualify as “intelligence.” 🙂

      Gardner and his idea have come under a lot of criticism. I think that’s inevitable because, by opening up the definition of intelligence, he’s also implied that it can be opened up even more. So the categories and definitions become arbitrary and debatable. That’s actually one of the reasons I like it. Heck, I think our immune system is intelligent.-)

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