There are two things you need to know about me:
1. I thought taking Sociology as a university subject would be a good idea
2. I can’t handle people calling themselves stupid/people calling others stupid
Why am I telling you these random facts? Well, if there is one piece of useful information I walked away after a year of Sociology was the ‘Seven Types of Intelligence’ theory by Howard Gardner.
I have a wealth of friends which I am blessed to have in my life, and who come from various walks of life. Some of them went to university, some completed further training courses and some directly entered the working world after school. What I have experienced from socializing with different groups is the sense of superiority which is put on those with a university education.
Let it be clear that I am not smarter than any other person just because I have a university education; neither is nobody else. Some people have very low confidence and seem to think that this is the case. One person may have a degree in law but their DIY efforts are atrocious. Another may have a brain better than any calculator but have no idea how to act in a physical situation.
What I am trying to say here, in as little words as possible, is that nobody is stupid. See a summary of the seven categories below and discover which you fit into.
Linguistic Intelligence – enjoy reading, writing, telling stories, etc.
Logical-Mathematical Intelligence – ability to solve mathematical equations, logical patterns, strategy games, etc.
Bodily Intelligence – ability to process knowledge through senses
Spatial Intelligence – ability to learn through images and pictures e.g. jigsaws
Musical Intelligence – ability to learn through sound and rhythm
Interpersonal Intelligence – ability to learn through communication and feelings
Intrapersonal Intelligence – ability to self-motivate through own feelings