9 Types of Intelligence



I’ve been fascinated by the different types of intelligence since I found out about it. Each is important in its own right and to find out which are your strengths could be beneficial to carving your career path.

Here I’ve outlined what each one entails so you can work out which fits with you. Chances are you’ll probably overlap a few different ones.

I think my strongest ones are logical and kinesthetic,
followed by spatial, musical and linguistic.

1  Logical/Mathematical

This is one of the two intelligences that the education system focuses on. People strong at this will be analytical, objective, good with routine and schedules. If you’re interested in patterns, puzzles, strategy games and easily perceive connections, this could be your strength.
Logical humans will enjoy the lists of careers in the infographic above.

2  Spatial

Spatial intelligence is the ability to think in 3 dimensions and manipulate images. An active imagination, artistic skills, an interest in mazes or jigsaw puzzles are some of the traits of people with this strength.
The colours in the above infographic will make each intelligence easily disguished for spatial people.

3  Musical

The ability to recognise rhythm, pitch, timbre and tone. Musical and Mathematical share similar thinking process while music and emotions are also linked. People with this strength will most likely learn best by listening and will be sensitive to sounds.

4  Kinesthetic

This relates to physical skills, body coordination and and a sense of timing. ‘Body smart’ people usually learn to drive quickly, have excellent spatial awareness and can be fidgety!

5  Naturalistic

This is the ability to distinguish between living things (plants, animals and other geographical elements) and links back to hunters and gatherers. People who excel at gardening and cooking will display this strength.
I was absolutely abysmal at this before I tackled it and to me, it’s an important one. I think cooking nutritious meals and growing vegetables should be taught to all school students.

6  Linguistic

The ability to communicate effectively in words; by speaking and writing. This is also predominantly pushed in schools and while a solid understanding is imperative to general life, some may flourish by learning in different means.
Linguistics will prefer these paragraphs to the infographic.

7  Existential

This is the capacity to tackle and debate deep questions about human existence. It relates to the meaning of life, how we got here and why we die.

8  Intra Personal

Being able to understand yourself and your feelings. This helps when planning your life/career and involves appreciating yourself. If this is you, you’ll be very aware of your feelings and self motivated.

9  Interpersonal

The understanding of and interaction with others. This involves communication, sensitivity to moods/feelings and a natural leadership quality.


The chances are that children who don’t excel in academic studies will be very strong in another type of intelligence. My problem with the current education system is that some may never find out what their strength is. Linguistic and Logical intelligence is implied to be ‘better’ when a lot of the others are necessary to a functioning society.

Do you think the world would function without builders (Kinesthetic), farmers (Naturalistic) or teachers (interpersonal)?

Which ones fit with you? Let me know in the comments!





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