We now know that IQ scores increase over a lifetime, that brains hold power tools for ethical excellence, and that dendrite brain cells rewire daily based on what you do.
My question is, Do your multiple intelligences expand too, or are they lifeless through lack of use?
Survey your intelligences below to discover those you use daily, and to find others that remain hidden or unused.
For more precise results, skim the list below and then jot down about 15 items that describe you best. Simply scribble the numbers on a paper for any items that describe you.
The key is to move quickly, without pausing to ponder on any one survey item. If you have to stop and think more about any statement, then simply leave that item blank, and move on.
Smart skill 10 – Question Brainpower Through Growth Survey
1. Sitting still is hard as I’d rather remain active. _____
2. Organization describes my daily and weekly schedule. _____
3. Photography intrigues me and I capture cool pictures. _____
4. Designing web pages stimulates me. _____
5. I enjoy throwing or catching games. _____
6. People solicit me to create their posters and charts. _____
7. I tend to learn from opposing views and love to debate. _____
8. Background music helps me to concentrate and create. _____
9. People tell me they love my stories and ask for more. _____
10. Sketching nature scenes is easier for me than woodworking. _____
11. I often describe details for people when they’re unsure. _____
12. Multiple choice tests are usually quite easy for me. _____
13. To show concern for others, I’d likely join a march. _____
14. I like to play a musical instrument to relax. _____
15. A favorite activity is keeping a personal journal. _____
16. When I read factual books, I tend to outline chapters._____
17. I like to create and share metaphors as a way to describe. _____
18. I interact well with most people on team projects. _____
19. When dining in a restaurant, I enjoy background music._____
20. I like to walk alone at times to think or relax or plan. _____
21. In novels, I compare characters’ choices with my own. _____
22. With or without a map, I usually find destinations well. _____
23. Days after I attend a concert, melodies replay in my mind. _____
24. After I catch fish, I enjoy cooking them on a campfire. _____
25. I like singing in a choir, even on a busy week. _____
26. When I write, I tell stories based on personal experience. _____
27. I can easily identify patterns and larger meanings from data. _____
28. In all four seasons, I enjoy changes connected to nature. _____
29. My best thinking occurs when I brainstorm with other people. _____
30. Helping others complete a project brings much satisfaction. _____
31. Finding solutions for numerical problems in fun. _____
32. I’d rather write a team public release than write one alone. _____
33. Every chance I get, I participate in some sport. _____
34. I’d leap to challenges of using gestures in a role play. _____
35. I’d like to inventory my weaknesses as a way to grow. _____
36. Learning new dance steps or moving to music is satisfying. _____
37. On a walk in woods I pause to observe animals’ habits. _____
38. I’m drawn to water such as lakes, creeks, rivers or oceans. _____
39. I would enjoy writing an essay for a contest. _____
40. Sometimes I awaken early just to watch the sunrise. _____
Answers for preferred activities from the survey are listed after each intelligence below. Find your strengths, and you’ll see your intellectual mix of intelligences used in an ordinary day.
Verbal-Linguistic: 7, 9, 11, 17, 39
Logical-Mathematical: 2, 12, 16, 27, 31
Visual-Spatial: 3, 4, 6, 10, 22
Musical: 8, 14, 19, 23, 25
Bodily-Kinesthetic: 1, 5, 33, 34, 36
Interpersonal: 13, 18, 29, 30, 32
Intrapersonal: 15, 20, 21, 26, 35
Naturalistic: 24, 28, 37, 38, 40
Take this survey again soon to measure your growth. Originator of multiple intelligences, Harvard’s Howard Gardner, defines intelligence as … “the ability to solve real-life problems, to generate new problems, and to create something meaningful or offer a service that is valued within a person’s culture or community.”
Typical strengths for persons gifted in each intelligence below, are adapted from my 2005 book, MITA Strategies in the Classroom and Beyond.
Verbal-Linguistic: tell stories, write essays, participate in interviews, converse easily with peers.
Logical-Mathematical: solve problems, balance checkbooks, create schedules, budget money
Visual-Spatial: paint, draw, design web pages, design rooms, make cards, create logos.
Musical: attend concerts, play instrument, hum melodies, sing with others, enjoy rhythms.
Bodily-Kinesthetic: engage in sports, enjoy movement, walk on tours, use body language.
Interpersonal: discuss in groups, do community projects, debate, join online chat rooms.
Intrapersonal: keep personal journal, read alone, study to answer personal questions.
Naturalistic: collect specimens, hunt, follow animal footprints, photograph landscapes.
This survey helps you awaken new intelligences that could hold life-changing opportunities. Remembering that you strengthen weaker areas by simply using them more, what will you do differently today?
Smart skill 1 = Question to Refuel Finances Past Media Fears
Smart skill 2 = Question to Leap Over Life’s Ruts
Smart skill 3 = Question with the Brain in Mind and Move
Smart skill 4 = Question Research to Create Cutting Edge Tools
Smart skill 5 = Question Myths and Reboot Brainpower
Smart skill 6 = Question Ahead for Grandparent or Family Roles
Smart skill 7 = Question to Know How You are Smart
Smart skill 8 = Question with Two Feet to Spark Curiosity
Smart skill 9 = Question Broken Systems with Solutions in Mind
Smart skill10 = Question Brainpower Through Growth Surveys