Question to Know How You are Smart

eweber   October 30, 2008   21 Comments

Ask,  How smart are you? and a person tends to respond negatively and in numerical scores. This question – as worded above – increasingly causes problems, because of new facts that identify differing areas where several intelligences reside in human brains.

Unlike  general intelligence ideas, that guided test writers, we now know that people who are smart in one area, may be less intelligent in others. Current research throws IQ scores and other standardized scores into serious question, yet it also opens amazing segues for robust mental development well beyond senior years.

Most experts agree that IQ scores offer too small a scope for holistic mental validity. Yet, the key to vigorous mental development starts with a sense of what it means to be smart. Would you agree?

If so, you’ll want to first consider a new question, How are you smart? which differs from the original question that opened this post. The new question allows for your unique mix of human intelligences.  Mental ability grows, shrinks or stagnates, depending on how it’s engaged.

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Use these intelligences to solve problems and to create products that others value and you capitalize on multiple intelligences.

Interestingly, we now know that  because of amazing plasticity, dendrite brain cells develop and grow with use. Consider the following two-footed questions below as a guide to recognizing and tapping more mental acumen:

1. Do you solve problems well, use logic, organize your time, and handle finances well? Do any tasks in these areas to ratchet up your logical mathematical intelligence.

2. Have you read a great book lately, discussed political or religious concerns without emotion, completed crossword puzzles, or contacted a person you respect to discuss new ideas? Each of these areas show your verbal linguistic intelligence, and each can be further developed with practice.

3. Do you frequent musical performances, compose new lyrics, play background music to sustain creativity, or notice music’s keen influence on yourself or others? Music changes moods and shifts brain waves so that those who are musically intelligent find innovative cadence for several areas of their lives.

4. Do you use images to communicate, read graphs well, or engage visual portrayals to know and express ideas at the peak. Take an art course, discuss use of visual with graphic designers, or retrofit your wardrobe or office, and you have already begun to connect dendrite brain cells for more spatial or visual intelligence.

5. When was the last time you built a prototype of something, moved to music, or engaged in a new or favorite sport? All of the above tasks engage and grow bodily-kinesthetic intelligence which is far more useful to problem solving and mental fitness, than many suspect.

6. Do others seek you out for fun friendship or for serious interactions? Interpersonal intelligence enables you to both teach and learn from many different people. Others look to you for your ability to respond well to moods, as well as motivate and inspire a group.

7. When was the last time you enjoyed time alone, took yourself out to a special event, or planned a reflective day to think,  plan, or create? Intrapersonal intelligence taps into your self knowledge, ethical choices, and intuitive well being. Sometimes termed common sense, this intelligence too can expand with related tasks that engage deeper parts of your brain.

8. Does walking in a park appeal to you, as a way to think through problems? Do you see real solutions for a community, framed in issues of sustainability or naturalistic growth? It’s likely no surprise that you’d draw on patterns and designs in nature as a way to grow naturalistic intelligence.

Speaking of surprise, can you see how intelligences have evolved to include many more areas of the human brain? Practice using each intelligence daily, as a surefire way to keep more brain areas alive and well, far beyond your senior years.  It’s also a way to hold many mental weaknesses at bay. Have you seen it happen?

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21 thoughts on “Question to Know How You are Smart

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  3. eweber Post author

    The exciting part about intelligences, is that we are learning so much more about how they work, because of new technologies that have helped neuro discoveries.

    We’re also learning how to develop more of our own, as well as accept more of others that differ. Imagine the progress a country could make if we worked together respectfully with people who used their intelligences to build together and learn from others. It’s a day that will make any nation great – and the new leadership appears to be moving us in that direction.

    It’s also about valuing alternative sides of issues in ways that teach us from refreshing angles. Seems the human brain is well equipped to do all of the above:-)

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