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Developing Your Multiple Intelligences

School of Fish

On this page you’ll find out how your Preferred Multiple Intelligences – that unique combination of thinking and learning that you bring to a job – were formed.




How do we develop our Multiple Intelligences preferences?

We develop a preference for certain ways of learning and thinking, through a combination of: our genes, and our cultural and social upbringing, that is, the kind of encouragement, we received from our family and friends, while we were growing up.

Our preferences for certain types of intelligence, are developed through imitation and modeling, as we see others using these ways of thinking and acting to solve problems in their everyday lives.

As we grow up in our families and go through school, we come to favor certain intelligences and use those over and over. Knowing which of these you are strongest in can help you find work you’re best suited to.


Can we do anything to develop and strengthen our intelligences?

Yes. Some people are able to use a number of these intelligences with equal ease. If you want to increase or enhance your strengths in any of these multiple intelligences, see 60 Ways to Boost Your Intelligences.



How Our Families Influence the Development of Our Multiple Intelligences

The family has a strong influence on the way our multiple intelligences develop. Look what happens in these examples. . .



The Kinesthetic Sports-Oriented Family

What kind of intelligence do you think a child who grows up in a family where body movement is important, will develop?

From the time Sasha is old enough to participate, he is given a skateboard and joins his brothers in developing his technique. His parents jog every morning. On weekends they attend “The Game”.

He also sees neighbors and friends at the games he goes to. They all watch sports on TV, and talk about sports celebrities.

In summer, they go camping, swimming and canoeing, at the lake, and in winter, it’s skiing or hockey. Everyone he knows is active in some form of movement.

A child who grows up in this environment will have a kinesthetic intelligence modeled for her/him everyday. They are highly likely to have a tendency to be strong in Kinesthetic intelligence.

Of course, as with anything, there are exceptions. We all know of the person who grows up in a family where they just don’t seem to fit in.

They prefer a different kind of intelligence than all the others in their family. However, they will experience a lot of pressure to conform to the type of intelligence that is dominant in the family.

If you know of someone like this, you can do them a real favor by encouraging them and helping them to appreciate their different kind of intelligence. So they don’t feel so isolated and lose their self-confidence.

The Technically-Minded Computer Family

Contrast that with Harry, who grows up in a family where computers are on everyone’s mind. He sees them being taken apart, sees parts piled up in boxes, and cables everywhere.

He sees computer magazines lying around his home, hears people brag enthusiastically about their triumphs in finding new ways to do things on the computer. He sees and experiences their excitement as they share and help friends with computer problems.

His father is a systems analyst, his mother is a webmaster. His big brother plays video games on the computer all the time. His sister networks with her friends on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. Everyone in the house has one or more computer-like devices for uploading, and downloading and listening to music on YouTube. There is a lot of excitement focused around laptops, ipads, cameras, ipods, smart phones . . . all things technical.

Computer jargon begins to roll off his tongue early, from the time he can talk. When Harry reaches the age when he is able to use fine motor skills with his fingers, he isn’t out playing with the other kids. He spends most of his time in front of a computer, playing video games. He lives in a virtual world.

Playing means computer interaction – he plays online with the kid down the street who is at home, sitting in front of his computer. Everyone in his world talks, plays, surfs, and socializes on the computer.

What kinds of Multiple Intelligences is Harry likely to develop?

Depending on the emphasis in his family, Harry could develop: logical-mathematical, visual-spatial, musical, possibly linguistic – depending on how much language is part of his computer experience. It all depends on how the family lives and moves in their digital world, and how he is encouraged in his computer usage.



Ready to try the Multiple Intelligences Inventory?

Velvet Brain

Go and download your copy of Career Manual 1 – Five Easy Career Tests .
In this ebook you’ll find the Multiple Intelligences Inventory, the Work Styles Inventory, the Work Values Inventory, the Personality Test and the Central Motivations Quiz, ready to take.
Follow the quick and easy steps to doing the Multiple Intelligences Inventory, to find out which of the 8 Intelligences you have developed in your life. This is one of the keys to selecting the right job.



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