Types of Intelligence

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PSY-102 General Psychology
Prof. Bilovodska


Throughout centuries, people have wondered what makes some people highly intelligent, moderately intelligent, and some with low intelligence. In order to determine intelligence one must first know what intelligence is. Intelligence by definition means to learn, understand, and or deal with new experiences (MERRIAM-WEBSTER, 2012). Individuals use intelligence to think rationally during critical times. Intelligence in an individual measured through heredity. In addition, to heredity intelligence comes through a person’s environment. Important factors that help build the intelligence level through ones environment are from schooling and positive surroundings. Due to the fact that humans are all different and have different backgrounds and environmental factors, there are several different types of intelligence. One person may be book smart as to where another person is considered to be “street” smart. The basic categories of intelligence are as follows: musical intelligence (where one has skills in tasks that involve music), spatial intelligence (skills involving special configurations), bodily kinesthetic intelligence ( skills in using the whole body or various portions of it in the solution of problems or in construction), interpersonal intelligence (skills in interacting with other individuals), intrapersonal intelligence ( knowledge of the internal aspects of oneself), linguistic intelligence (skills involved in the production and use of language), logical-mathematical intelligence (skills in problem solving and scientific method), naturalistic intelligence (ability to identify and classify patterns in nature),and emotional intelligence (skills that underlie the accurate assessment, evaluation, expression, and regulation of emotion).

How intelligent are you? This may be a question that you ask yourself or that you ask yourself of other people. Which...
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