8 Intellegences Pt 5

In part 5 of my posts on the 8 intellegences we will finish with final 2 intellegences, the Intrapersonal and Interpersonal intellegences.

Intrapersonal Intelligence

People with intrapersonal intelligence are adept at looking inward and figuring out their own feelings, motivations and goals. They are introspective and seek understanding. They are intuitive and typically introverted. They learn best independently.

Common Characteristics

  • Introverted
  • Prefers working alone
  • Philosophical
  • Self-aware
  • Perfectionistic
  • Often thinks of self-employment
  • Enjoys journaling
  • Intuitive
  • Independent
  • Spends time thinking and reflecting
  • Likes learning about self
Career Matches

  • Psychologist
  • Philosopher
  • Writer
  • Theologian

Interpersonal Intelligence

People with Interpersonal intelligence are good with people and thrive in social interactions. They are good at reading, empathize and understanding others. They are good at working with others and have many friends. They learn best through interaction and dialogue.

Common Characteristics

  • Empathetic
  • Extraverted
  • Enjoy social events
  • Love groups and crowds
  • Enjoying teaching others
  • Have many friends
  • Enjoy team sports
  • Like to counsel others
  • Love meeting new people
  • Cooperative in groups
  • Sensitive to others’ moods
Career Matches

  • Diplomat
  • Leader
  • Manager
  • Politician
  • Clergy
  • Social Worker
  • Receptionist
  • Sales Representative
  • Counselor
  • Child Care
  • Coach


8 Intellegences Pt 4

In part 4 of my posts on the 8 intellegences we will look at the Musical and Naturalistic intellegences.

Musical Intelligence

People with musical intelligence love music. They appreciate rhythm and composition. They are gifted with the ability to compose, sing and/or play instrument(s). Able to recognize sounds, tones and rhythm, they have a “good ear” for music. They learn best through lectures and often use rhythm and music as a way to memorize things.

Common Characteristics

  • Have good rhythm
  • Can easily memorize songs
  • Notice and enjoy different sounds
  • Often singing, whisling or tapping a song
  • Talented with an instrument or singing
  • Can tell when a note is off-key
  • Often have a song running through their head
  • Have an unquenchable passion for music
Career Matches

  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Conductor
  • Composer
  • Songwriter
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Director
  • Choir Director
  • Record Producer

Naturalist intelligence

The Naturalist intelligence has to do with how we relate to our surroundings and where we fit into it. People with Naturalist intelligence have a sensitivity to and appreciation for nature. They are gifted at nurturing and growing things as well as the ability to care for and interact with animals. They can easily distinguish patterns in nature.
Note that this intelligence is the newest added to the theory of Multiple Intelligences and is often criticized as being an interest rather than an intelligence.

Common Characteristics

  • Bothered by pollution
  • Enjoys having pets
  • Likes to learn about nature
  • Enjoys gardening
  • Appreciates scenic places
  • Feels alive when in contact with nature
  • Likes to camp, hike, walk and climb
  • Notices nature above all other things
  • Conscious of changes in weather
Career Matches

  • Conservationist
  • Gardener
  • Farmer
  • Animal Trainer
  • Park Ranger
  • Scientist
  • Botanist
  • Zookeeper
  • Geologist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Veterinarian


8 Intellegences Pt 3

In part 3 of my posts on the 8 intellegences we will look at Visual/Spacial and Bodily/Kinesthetic intellegences.  (Two of which I virtually have none)


People with Visual intelligence are artistic. They are very aware of their surroundings and are good at remembering images. They have a great sense of direction. They like to draw, paint and read maps. They learn best through drawings and visual aids.

Common Characteristics

  • Good at solving visual puzzles
  • Enjoyed geometry in school
  • Good at drawing
  • Can visualize pictures in head
  • Notices colors and shapes
  • Enjoys photography
  • Good with directions
  • Can remember places vividly
  • Good at artistic composition
  • Likes books with pictures
Career Matches

  • Artist
  • Architect
  • Graphic Designer
  • Engineer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Interior Decorator
  • Photographer


People with Kinesthetic intelligence love movement. They enjoy sports and/or dance. They are good at building things and like to stay active. They have good motor skills and are very aware of their bodies. They learn best through movement and experimentation.

Common Characteristics

  • Learns by “doing”
  • Would rather touch than just look
  • Well-coordinated withgood motor skills
  • Likes figuring out how things work
  • Enjoys the outdoors
  • Likes to work with hands
  • Can’t sit still for too long
  • Enjoys sports and exhilarating experiences
  • Likes to be active
  • Has a lot of physical energy
  • Athletic
Career Matches

  • Athlete
  • Dancer
  • Mechanic
  • Actor / Actress
  • Performer
  • Physical Education Instructor
  • Craftsman
  • Gardener
  • Physical Therapist
  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Builder
  • Park Ranger
  • Firefighter
  • Paramedic


8 Intellegences Pt 2

Let’s look at the first two intellegences I mentioned in my last post.

Verbal – Linguistic

I pulled the following description from http://www.mypersonality.info/multiple-intelligences/verbal-linguistic/

People with Linguistic intelligence love and are talented with words. They enjoy reading, writing and learning languages. They have an ability to teach and explain things to others. They learn best by reading, taking notes and going to lecture

Common Characteristics

  • Notices grammatical mistakes
  • Often speaks of what they have read
  • Likes to use “fancy” words
  • Loves word games
  • Cherishes their book collection
  • Easily remembers quotes and famous sayings
  • Likes puns and rhymes
  • Enjoys writing
  • Enjoys foreign language
  • Always enjoyed English class
Career Matches

  • Writer (any type)
  • Editor
  • Public Speaker
  • Politician
  • Preacher
  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Broadcaster
  • English / Writing Tutor
  • Actor / Actress

Logical – Mathematical

I pulled the following description from http://www.mypersonality.info/multiple-intelligences/logical-mathematical/

People with Logical intelligence are abstract thinkers and are attracted to logic and reasoning. They are good at investigation and scientific processes. They learn best by logic.

Common Characteristics

  • Can easily do math in their head
  • Good at strategy games
  • Have a mind “like a computer”
  • Really like math
  • Enjoy science experiments
  • Organize things by category
  • Abstract thinker
  • Look for a rational explanations
  • Wonder how things work
Career Matches

  • Scientist
  • Mathematician
  • Lawyer/Attorney
  • Doctor
  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Computer Programmer
  • Researcher
  • Financial Planner




Types of Intelligences (Learning Styles)

In 1983 there was a Harvard study conducted by Howard Gardner that revealed that there are 8 different types of intelligences.  IQ may not be the best way to explain intelligence.

The 8 intelligences are as follows:

  1. Verbal – Linguistic
  2. Logical – Mathematical
  3. Bodily – Kiesthetic
  4. Visual – Spacial
  5. Interpersonal
  6. Intrapersonal
  7. Musical
  8. Naturalistic

In the next few weeks I’ll start explaining them all.  I have a feeling that this will be a new serious interest of mine.

You Can Solve All Problems with Excel Part 2 – “The Not-So Obvious” A Personal Problem

In my previous post I posted about my love of Excel and we looked at JoAnna who was considering taking her favourite hobby of greeting card making and making it a small side business. Today I want to look at another type of problem that Excel can help you solve.

Personal Decisions

In my post One of My Faviourite Hobbies, I touched on the MBTI personality types and mentioned that people make personal decisions based on how they think or how they feel.  Often our feelings can get in the way of making objective decisions. In this next example I’m going to teach you how to create a nifty tool called the “weighted average decisionator” and how we can use Excel to create this useful tool.

Linda is considering the decision of where she wants to go on holidays. She has narrowed her decisions to the following two options.

1.       Drive to Florida to visit with family for a 2 weeks or,

2.      Take a 1 week cruise with friends from Quebec to Boston via the St. Lawrence River

Both vacations are so different that it is hard for her to decide which one she prefers more.  She has strong feelings about both.  She hasn’t visited her Uncle Sam in Florida and he is getting older in years.  Linda also loves to shop and Florida has great outlet stores.  But on the other hand (she had warts J) she has always wanted to take a cruise and she has been saving up for a year now, but only has enough money to take the 1 week cruise.

Step 1 in making this decision objectively will be to come up with a set of criteria in which to make her decision. She has come up with the following 5 criteria that are most important to this decision.

1.       Ability to Relax

2.      Shopping Value

3.      Family Visiting

4.      Time with Friends

5.      Memories

Step 2 involves giving the 5 criteria numeric weights to their importance.  Here is how Linda decided the weights for her criteria.

1)      Ability to Relax                                                              (Weight 30 Points)

a)     Linda has had a very stressful year at work and really needs a good relaxing break so she has weighted this criterion very high.

2)     Shopping Value                                                  (Weight 10 Points)

a)     Linda loves to shop, but has been shopping a lot recently and is not in need of anything in particular so she has given it a lower point value.

3)     Family Visiting                                                (Weight 25 Points)

a)     The thought of visiting Uncle Sam is very important to Linda so she weighted it high.

4)     Time with Friends                                          (Weight 20 Points)

a)     Linda loves her friends, but feels that in comparison to visiting with Uncle Sam it should not be as important.

5)     Memories                                                         (Weight 15 Points)

a)     Linda loves to take pictures and loves creating scrapbooks of each of her vacations.

At this point we have enough information to set up our Excel spreadsheet.  Here’s how I would set it up.

Notice that to make things simple I set up the spreadsheet to make each criterion a score out of 10.  I have found that when comparing different decisions keeping the score out of 10 for each criterion makes the comparison process easier.

The final result shows that Linda should go to Boston because the Boston score was 66 while Florida only received a score of 60.

You may say, “why not just handwrite this problem instead of using Excel it’s an easy enough problem” I would agree, but I would argue that using Excel lets you change your weights and scores at the click of a button instead of rewriting the whole decision every time you want to change your weights or scores.  Let Excel do the work for you!  It’s a great tool and in this case reveals that the Boston trip will be the better trip in the long run. 

Personal Problem Solved!


One of My Faviourite Hobbies

One of my favourite hobbies is researching the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator and trying to figure out what type of personality people are.  In my opinion it is the most accurate personality assessment that I’ve ever seen.  It measures people’s personalities by using four categories.

  1. Energy Level (Introversion vs Extroversion)
  2. How people take in information (The Senses vs The iNtuition)
  3. How people make decisions (Thinking vs Feeling)
  4. What environment people prefer. (Judgemental vs Perceptive)

When one categorizes themselves into either side of each category they can fall into one of sixteen different personality types.  I am a INFP an Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiver.

Type “INFP” in Google and you can read all about me.  It’s very accurate.  I can also swing to be an “ENFP” which is also a good assessment of my personality.  I am getting quite accurate at helping people figure out into which of the sixteen types their personality falls.