THE BETTER I KNOW MYSELF
the happier I am & so get along
PREVIOUS: Multiple intelligences (#3a)
NOTE: See ACRONYM page for abbrev.
MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES cont. (Howard Gardner)
3. INTRA-PERSONAL (self-smart) – learn by thinking alone
This group has the capacity to understand themselves – their thoughts & feelings – & to use that knowledge plan & guide their life. It’s an internal version of the external Inter-personal style – the ability to be self-aware, explore emotions, goals & motivations, but which also requires a wider understanding of the human condition. Sometimes called ‘learned common sense’, because these people intuitively cultivate their values & learn from ‘teachable’ moments. Even as young adults they are self-motivated, tend to be shy & very aware of their emotions.
NOTE: To fully express this style all the intelligences have to be tapped into & woven together. Self-growth activities build more dendrite brain cells for this Intelligence – the brain being rewired at night as we sleep on what we’ve done during the day
— try to understand their own interests & goals
— think a lot & deeply, are good at analyzing things
— are highly aware of their strengths & weaknesses
— often keep a journal, being in tune with Inner Self
— have wisdom, intuition, drive, self-reliance
— a strong will, opinions & confidence
— do well when left alone, don’t like crowds
— see the world realistically, not idealistically
–‘march to the beat of a different drummer’
— can ‘show the way’ to deeper awareness by EXP
— work on unraveling dreams, relationships with others
ENJOY: being quiet/ time alone, dreaming, having choices, meditating,
planning, self-paced projects, setting goals
LEARN: through study & introspection – the most independent type
TOOLS: books, creative materials, diaries, privacy, time
CAREERS: writers, psychologist, spiritual leaders, philosopher (MORE….)
INCREASE ability: to “know thyself” – keep a journal, meditate, take personality tests, ask an expert re. something you wonder about. Give a talk to an unfamiliar audience about self-improvement or strategies for accomplishing a task. Work on conquering a problem & a keeping a diary of growth. Reward yourself when you’ve reached a goal.
TECH ideas: Word processing, Tutorials, Bubbl.us, create slide shows using Powerpoint or Keynote, collaborative Wiki or Blog, Wikispaces, Blogger, Inspiration
FAMOUS People: Jean Paul Sartre, Frederick Douglas, Helen Keller, Malcolm X, Emily Dickinson, Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa
Emotional (EQ), (heart-smart) – learn thru emotions.
This category fits into Walter McKenzie’s ‘Introspective learning’ profile, considered part of both the Intra- and Inter-personal styles. RULE: Any event that generate strong emotion is more likely to be remembered. If pleasurable, we want to repeat it, physically, or by mentally reliving the atmosphere, context, people involved, what was said…. If the experience was unpleasant or painful our emotional memory will prefer to skip all information related to it. BUT if the harmful events are repeated too often – especially in childhood – we become unconsciously addicted to repeating it.
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4. LINGUISTIC (word-smart) – learn by thinking in words.
This group has the ability to use language to form & express complex ideas. It is the most widely shared human competence – allowing us to make ourselves understood. Traditionally, Linguistic & Logical Is have been highly valued in educational environments. Young adults with this kind of intelligence enjoy writing, reading, telling stories or doing crossword puzzles.
— have highly developed auditory skills
— are generally elegant speakers
— think in words rather than pictures
— enjoy listening to the spoken word
— are great at storytelling, explaining
— can learn languages, grammar & syntax
— good memory for names, events, situations
— can convince others of their point of view
— are aware of others’ moods & motivations
— good with body language, speaking and acting
— appreciate puns, tongue twisters, nonsense rhymes
— are natural leaders, good at organizing people
ENJOY: dialogue, debate, reading, telling stories, writing, word games
LEARN: by saying & seeing words, reading & discussing books
TOOLS: books, computers, games, classes, multimedia, tape recorders
CAREERS: author, comedian, journalist, lawyer, poet, politician, speaker, teacher, translator (MORE….)
INCREASE ability: learn a new language, expand vocabulary, create metaphors (making the strange familiar & the familiar strange), do interviews, talk to strangers. To help with the flow writing, read On Writing Well, & to help with the flow – avoid editing as you write. (MORE…..)
TECH ideas : PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Pages, Podcasts, GarageBand, Audacity, Skype, ThinkQuest, Wikispaces, photo editing software, Text to Speech, VoiceThread, podcasts, Blogger, Digital books, Storytelling
FAMOUS People: Shakespeare, T.S. Elliot, Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King Jr., Agatha Christie, Hemingway, Robin Williams
NEXT: M.I. (Part 3c)