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The stereotype of being intelligent is always the same: a male figure with framed eyeglasses. But recent research suggests this is only one type of intelligence and there are many other types. In this article, we will talk about 9 types of intelligence: Naturalist, Musical, Logical-mathematical, Existential, Interpersonal, Bodily-kinesthetic, Linguistic, Intra-personal, Spatial.


The stereotype that is above-mentioned best suits “logical-mathematical” and is only one of the 9 intelligence types. For example “naturalist” and “existential” types are not like “logical-mathematical” intelligence at all. Naturalist type is more about understanding living things and nature and existential type is more about philosophical questions about existence.

Interpersonal and linguistic types are also very different to just solving mathematical questions. Interpersonal intelligence means that you are good with handling other people and are social. Linguistic intelligence is about the way you use language to express yourself, something that a public speaker must have.

Intra-personal, on the other hand, is about how well you are at understanding your own self and what you want from this life. Spatial and musical intelligence types are like the perfects types for artists. Spatial intelligence can visualize the world in 3D with great success and musical intelligence is a perfect type that defines people with great understanding of sounds and rhythms.

Lastly, bodily-kinesthetic intelligence is a type that can be found in successful sportspeople. It basically means that you are very good at coordinating your mind with your body.

See? Intelligence is not just the ability of being good at mathematics. Different types of intelligence can create totally different mindsets and different people. Sadly, our education system does not recognize this scientific fact as much as it should and we still force our kids to take tests that mostly evaluate your logical-mathematical intelligence.


To Evaluate: To test

Mindset: Attitude of a person

To Define: To specify and give details about

To Visualize: Picture something in your mind

To Force: To make someone do something


According to the passage, which of the following types of intelligence is a stereotype of being smart?

  1. Linguistic
  2. Musical
  3. Existential
  4. Logic-mathematical

What type of an occupation does “bodily-kinesthetic” intelligence suit the best?

  1. University Professor
  2. Sportspeople
  3. Musician
  4. Painter

Why does the writer criticize the current tests in our education system?

  1. Because they are very difficult
  2. Because the tests are getting expensive
  3. Because who needs tests if you are rich?
  4. Because they do not evaluate different types of intelligence


(4) Logic-mathematical

(2) Sportspeople

(4) Because they do not evaluate different types of intelligence


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