If you click on the image at the top of this post, you will see an infographic showing the 9 types of intelligence described in Howard Gardner’s book, “Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences.” If you click on the link at the bottom of this post, you will be taken to an article describing them in greater detail.
What other scientists thought were just soft-skills, such as interpersonal skills, Gardener realized were types of intelligence. It makes sense. Just as being a math whiz gives you the ability to understand the world, so does being “people smart” give you the same ability, just from a different perspective. Not knowing math you may not calculate the rate at which the universe is expanding, but you are likely to have the skills to find the right person who will.
Here are the nine types of intelligence, as seen by Gardner:
Naturalist (nature smart)
Musical (sound smart)
Logical-mathematical (number/reasoning smart)
Existential (life smart)
Interpersonal (people smart)
Bodily-kinesthetic (body smart)
Linguistic (word smart)
Intra-personal (self smart)
Spatial (picture smart)