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The 9 Types of Intelligence

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3. Those with strong musical intelligence are sensitive to sounds, tones, rhythms, pitch, musical keys, and structure of the songs (from verse and chorus to symphonies). Borrow different types of music CDs, sing with the radio, be quiet and listen to the sounds around you.

4. Those with strong spatial intelligence can imagine, understand, and represent the visual-spatial world. They may have a good sense of direction, hand-eye coordination, and visual memory. Some people, for instance, can visualize how furniture fits in a room without measurements, or buy a scarf that matches the blue in a blouse at home (perfect “chromatic pitch”). To strengthen your spatial intelligence, be a backseat driver and provide directions for a trip, fit the groceries in the bag or the car, play with jigsaw puzzles and mazes, build some Lego’s, or sculpt some clay.

5. Remember Gene Kelly performing “Gotta Dance!” in Singing in the Rain? He had bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, as do athletes, builders, actors, or surgeons (if they have fine motor skills). Yoga is a great way to increase this ability. Make crafts or build, ride a bike, dance, and learn tai chi or other sports.

6. Someone with interpersonal intelligence is good at organizing people and is aware of moods and motivations. He or she can communicate and lead well. To get more people skills, practice active listening—that is, repeat back what you think someone said. Learn about the types of personalities with the Myers-Briggs test (psychological preferences such as extraversion and introversion) or the Enneagram (a theory of nine personality types—possibly centuries old).

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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10:00PM PST on Nov 7, 2014

Noted

3:53AM PDT on Jul 31, 2014

We anteaters are the greatest LINGUISTS among the animals!

5:31AM PDT on May 27, 2014

interesting thank you

9:47PM PDT on May 21, 2014

Good article.

2:53PM PDT on May 21, 2014

Ty

10:58AM PDT on May 21, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

10:19AM PDT on May 20, 2014

My favorite kind of intelligence? Common sense. It seems to be lacking in so many these days.

6:39AM PDT on May 19, 2014

very interesting. I am definetly of the spatial type. But I am really bad at dealing with people.

11:29PM PDT on May 18, 2014

I think there are many more than nine.

8:34PM PDT on May 14, 2014

Thank you!

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