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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Intrapersonal 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 intrapersonal intelligence.

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

Intrapersonal Intelligence

the ability to understand the self, including one’s feelings and motivations. Someone with this intelligence, like Ira, could be called SELF SMART.

A child like Ira who has this intelligence is likely to have these traits and interests:
  • Was aware of self as a separate identity early in childhood.
  • Is particularly self-reliant, strong-willed, and independent.
  • Has a special hobby.
  • Has a special place to get away.
  • Would rather spend a weekend alone in a cabin than at a fancy resort.
  • Keeps a personal journal.
  • Spends a lot of time alone meditating or thinking about important life questions.
  • Contemplates life goals regularly.
  • Has a realistic view of personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Has started own business or seriously considered it.

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