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What Kind of Smart are You?

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What Kind of Smart are You?

By Katta Mapes, Your Psycho-Spiritual Guide and Xplorer

So, let's dive into the fascinating world of multiple intelligences, originally concocted by the brilliant mind of Howard Gardner. It's like a delicious buffet of intelligence options – a big brain feast, if you will. Just imagine a brain with several compartments, each responsible for a different flavor of smarts. It's like being the conductor of a mental orchestra, waving your baton and saying, "Okay, violin solo now, logical-mathematical section, your time to shine!"

First up, we have visual-spatial intelligence, the masters of the visual realm. These are the folks who can look at a blank canvas and magically transform it into a masterpiece. They see the world in vivid technicolor, always thinking three-dimensionally. If life were a puzzle, they would be the ones to instantly find the missing piece and complete the picture. They have an uncanny ability to navigate their way through a maze, both literally and metaphorically. They might as well have a secret superhero identity – "The Paintbrush Picasso" or "The Mind-Mapping Magician."

Next in line is linguistic-verbal intelligence, the wordsmiths of the group. If a conversation were a swordfight, they would be the Jedi knights, wielding their verbal prowess like lightsabers. They effortlessly string words together, creating poems and stories that transport you to another world. Quick witted and sharp tongued, they are the masters of puns and wordplay. They could probably win a debate even if the topic was "Who has the best selfie game?" Need life advice? Talk to them – they'll probably respond in rhymes or metaphors, just for fun.

Ah, yes, logical-mathematical intelligence, the brainiacs who see the world as one big puzzle waiting to be solved. They are like human calculators, always ready to crunch numbers and find the logic in any situation. If you've ever seen "The Matrix," they're like Neo at that part when he starts seeing all the code. It's as if math equations run through their veins, and they can't help but put everything in an organized, logical pattern. Let's just say, if life were a math test, they would probably end up acing it without even studying – annoyingly impressive, isn't it?

Now, hold on tight because here comes the body-kinesthetic intelligence brigade. These are the people whose bodies are like live-action movies – always in motion and full of grace. Whether it's dancing, playing sports, or being a contortionist, they have an incredible control over their bodies. While the rest of us stumble over our own feet, they glide effortlessly through life. Give them a dance floor, and they'll create a masterpiece that would make even Fred Astaire blush. If the zombie apocalypse ever happens, you'll want them on your team, trust me.

Oh, music lovers, rejoice, for here come the maestros of musical intelligence. These individuals are the composers, the musicians, and the symphony conductors of our world. They have an inherent ability to create melodies that touch our souls. When they pick up an instrument, it's like a magical spell is cast in the air, and we all become goosebumps-ridden puppets under their sonic command. So if you ever catch them humming a catchy tune or beating a rhythm with their hands, just sit back and enjoy the impromptu concert – you might even get a free dance routine!

Now, let's turn our attention to interpersonal intelligence, the social butterflies of the crowd. Not only are they charming and charismatic, but they also have a mind-reading superpower that allows them to understand people better than a polygraph machine. They can effortlessly connect with others, building bridges of empathy and understanding. They're like the human magnets of friendships and partnerships – wherever they go, others are immediately drawn to their captivating aura. If you need someone to break the ice at a party or negotiate world peace, they're your go-to experts.

Ah, on the flip side, intrapersonal intelligence – where introverts thrive in self-reflection and introspection. These are the deep thinkers, the wise sages who have conversations with themselves as they mull over life's mysteries. They possess an innate understanding of their own thoughts, emotions, and motivations. Much like a solitary wanderer on a mountaintop, they find solace and enlightenment in their own company. They're the ones you find sitting alone in a cafe, sipping tea and contemplating the meaning of life. If you ever need advice and guidance on your journey of self-discovery, they're the perfect Sherpas to lead you to your own personal enlightenment.


Emotional intelligence, also known as EQ, is like a dynamic duo of smarts - it's a harmonious blend of intrapersonal and interpersonal intelligences. Think of it as a quirky superhero team-up where self-awareness and the ability to understand others join forces to save the day. Intrapersonal intelligence, the wise sage within, allows you to understand your own emotions and navigate through turbulent waters with finesse. On the other hand, interpersonal intelligence, the social butterfly of the gang, helps you read the room, connect with others, and avoid social faux pas like a pro. Together, they form the ultimate powerhouse of emotional intelligence, enabling you to conquer life's emotional rollercoaster with style.

Now, let's take a stroll through nature, where the naturalistic intelligence thrives. These are the nature whisperers, the ones who can stroll through a forest and identify every bird, every tree, and every mushroom with ease. They have an affinity for the great outdoors – a secret language with mother nature herself. With their green thumbs and magical ability to propagate plants just by looking at them, they've become the modern-day wizards of horticulture. If you're ever lost in the wilderness, just follow the subtle trail of flowers they leave behind.

Last but certainly not least, we have the spiritual intelligence – the mystics and seekers of the divine. These individuals possess a deep and profound connection with the universe beyond what mere mortals can comprehend. They ponder questions that have perplexed humanity for millennia, always seeking a higher purpose. You might find them meditating on mountaintops, consulting tarot cards, or participating in spiritual rituals. They're like the human bridges between the material and the ethereal, the navigators of the unknown. If you ever need a guru to guide you through the mysteries of existence, they'll help you find your path with equal parts wisdom and whimsy.

So there you have it, the various flavors of intelligence that exist – a smorgasbord of brainpower, each with their own quirks and talents. Remember, intelligence comes in many shapes and forms, and Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences reminds us that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to being smart. Embrace your unique blend of brilliance and let your intellectual fireworks sparkle in whatever intelligence realm you excel in. You're an intelligence mastermind in your own right, my witty and charming friend!

P.S. In case you are wondering, Psycho-Spirituality is a blend of psychology and spirituality.

AWAKEN – become more aware


DISCOVER – explore all of who you are ~ human and soul


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