YOU ARE SMARTER THAN YOU THINK.
The most intelligent creature ever created by God was ‘you’. You are possessed with one or more natural intelligences which no other creature can surpass. The good news is these intelligences can be increased.
Yes! When we say you can increase your intelligence and function the way God wired and designed you for, most people usually reject the notion. Often times, when people talk about intelligence, The first thing that comes to their mind is the bookish intelligence exhibited in our conventional schools.
Intelligence is not a matter of IQ. Although, IQ is a way of measuring intelligence. Traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. Intelligence is more a way of acting. For instance, If you act intelligently, you are intelligent. If you act stupidly, you are stupid, irrespective of your IQ.
You may want to ask what way would be the intelligent way of acting. This is it. Anytime you do something that moves you towards your goal and that is important to you, then you are behaving intelligently. Anytime you do something that moves you away from your goal and not helpful at all, you are acting stupidly.
An intelligent person is one who works constantly and consistently to activities that moves them closer to their goals. Every time you practice something new and different that you can use to achieve your goals faster, you are acting intelligently. In fact, the more things you do that are consistent with your goals, the smarter you become.
YOUR INTELLIGENCE CAN BE INCREASED.
If you increase your intelligence, you will increase your potentials for success at whatever you do. We are in the information era where knowledge is the primary source of value. The person who develops the capacity to learn will become more valuable than the person who did not.
This means that you must do everything possible to enhance your intelligence and become smarter in whatever you do. Your intelligence is not a fixed quantity or does it have an amount. It’s like a muscle. Just like you can build your muscle by pulling weights, you can develop your mental muscles by maximizing your mental capabilities. You can use its full capacity to increase your intelligence enough.
8 SPECIAL INTELLIGENCES.
Dr. Howard Gardner, a professor of education at Harvard University, in his study in 1983 found out that we humans do not only have 1 intelligence but 8 special intelligences. Each intelligence is of great importance to reach our full human potentials.
Your intelligence are really your natural talents which you have to a greater or lesser extent.The different intelligences discussed here accounts for a broader range of human potential in children and adults.
These intelligences are:
- Linguistic intelligence (word smart)- This is talent with language and words. This is the ability to speak and write well. People who love to read good novel or write poetry have good linguistic abilities.
- Logical-mathematical intelligence-(number/reasoning smart)- This is talent with math, logic and systems. This is the ability to deal with numbers and to think logically. You Probably know people who don’t think of themselves as particularly intelligent but are sharp on adding up all odds and calculating percentages. Engineers, accountants have this intelligence.
- Visual-Spatial intelligence (picture smart)-This is talent with pictures. Some people just have the ability to visualize how things will eventually look in advance of them coming into reality or to imagine things in their minds eye. Designers, architects, and painters have this intelligence.
- Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence (body smart)-This is talent with the use of your body. You use this intelligence when you move well, dance, run, build or construct something. All arts and crafts use this intelligence. Many people who are good at sports or good with their hands don’t recognize that they are showing a very high form of intelligence.
- Musical intelligence (music smart)-This is talent with music This is the ability to create or interpret music and the ability to create rhythm. Most of us have good basic music intelligence and we can all develop it to a higher extent. Think of how helpful it was to learn a rhyme in your nursery school. For example, 30 days hath September, April, June and November, or the sing along song for remembering the alphabets.
- Natural intelligence (nature smart)-This is the ability to deal with nature. It refers to the ability to identify and distinguish among different types of plants, animals, and weather formations found in the natural world.
- Interpersonal intelligence (people smart)-This is talent for handling people. This is ability to communicate well and to go along with others. Many people have the super ability of making people feel at ease. They can read other people’s Emotion or are sympathetic to the feelings of others. They makes good parents and good teachers. And by way, it is the most paid intelligence in America. It is used by sales people, managers, entertainers, public speakers and anyone who makes a living by influencing others and who makes others their greatest priority.
- Intra-personal intelligence (self smart)-This is talent with one self. This is the ability for quiet objective analysis. This enables you to understand your moods, feelings and behavior. You use this intelligence to create your own goals and plans and to study your own success and mistakes for future improvement.
WE ARE ALL GIFTED WITH AN INTELLIGENCE.
Research says that our schools and culture focus most of their attention on linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence. We esteem the highly articulate or logical people of our culture. However, Dr. Gardner says that we should also place equal attention on individuals who show gifts in the other intelligences: the artists, architects, musicians, naturalists, designers, dancers, therapists, entrepreneurs, and others who enrich the world in which we live.
Unfortunately, many children who have these gifts don’t receive much reinforcement for them in school. Many of these kids, in fact, end up being labeled “learning disabled,” “ADD (attention deficit disorder,” or simply underachievers, when their unique ways of thinking and learning aren’t addressed by a heavily linguistic or logical-mathematical classroom.
The theory of multiple intelligences proposes a major transformation in the way our schools are run. It suggests that teachers be trained to present their lessons in a wide variety of ways using music, cooperative learning, art activities, role play, multimedia, field trips, inner reflection, and much more.
The good news is that the theory of multiple intelligences has grabbed the attention of many educators around the country, and hundreds of schools are currently using its philosophy to redesign the way it educates children.
The bad news is that there are thousands of schools still out there that teach in the same old dull way, through dry lectures, and boring worksheets and textbooks. The challenge is to get this information out to many more teachers, school administrators, and others who work with children, so that each child has the opportunity to learn in ways harmonious with their unique minds (see In Their Own Way).
The theory of multiple intelligences also has strong implications for adult learning and development. Many adults find themselves in jobs that do not make optimal use of their most highly developed intelligences (for example, the highly bodily-kinesthetic individual who is stuck in a linguistic or logical desk-job when he or she would be much happier in a job where they could move around, such as a recreational leader, a forest ranger, or physical therapist).
The theory of multiple intelligences gives adults a whole new way to look at their lives, examining potentials that they left behind in their childhood (such as a love for art or drama) but now have the opportunity to develop through courses, hobbies, or other programs of self development.