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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Interpersonal Intelligence

Dr. Howard Gardner, a Harvard University education professor, developed the theory of multiple intelligences in 1983. Instead of prescribing to the traditional notion of intelligence based on I.Q. testing, he proposed the possibility of multiple intelligences. You can read about the different intelligences and find more resources about the theory here. This page focuses on interpersonal intelligence.

This information has been adapted from the book Multiple Intelligences & After-School Environments: Keeping All Children in Mind.

Interpersonal Intelligence

the ability to interact with and understand people and their behaviors. Someone with this intelligence, like Ian or Ida, could be called PEOPLE SMART

A child like Ian or Ida who has this intelligence is likely to have these traits and interests:
  • Warms up naturally to strangers.
  • Is comfortable in a crowd.
  • Has an easy time making friends.
  • Likes to get involved in social activity (work, school, church, organizations).
  • Is a leader in clubs, groups, etc.
  • Is in touch with what is going on socially.
  • Would rather go to a party than stay home alone.
  • Is frequently asked for advice from others.
  • Likes to teach others.
  • Prefers group sports (volleyball, softball) over solo sports (swimming, jogging).

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