Do You Know Your True Intelligence Type?

Types of Intelligence

When I was a kid, there was an awkward process in the first few weeks of the school year when the children were sorted like beans and sent off into different parts of the classroom -- or different rooms entirely.

During reading and math, several of my best friends were pulled into one group, and I was pulled into another. I wouldn't see them again until recess.

You probably experienced something like this as well. The "smart" kids were put into accelerated groups; the "average" students were sorted into on-level studies; and those who were "below average" were placed in another group.

It doesn't take long for school children to figure out what's going on, and this sorting process can stick with kids (especially those deemed average or below average) for the rest of their lives.

All of this sorting was based on standardized IQ testing which measures linguistic and logical-mathematical intelligence. The problem is that IQ testing doesn't paint the full picture of one's intelligence.

IQ tests can limit student potential and perpetuate stereotypes within a classroom setting. Social and economic factors can impact scores, as can a student's motivation to do well on the test.

A traditional IQ assessment tests children in reading comprehension, limits, series and mathematical knowledge, but they don't test for subjects that include mechanics, social skills or creativity.

We all know that not everyone learns the same way, but in the last 35 years, a new vision of what intelligence means has emerged -- the theory of multiple intelligences.

First described in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardener, professor of education at Harvard University and a developmental psychologist, this theory suggests there are nine kinds of intelligence that explain how you interact with the world around you.

Figuring out your type may help you determine where your strengths lie and give you some insight into your personality.

Here is a breakdown of the different types of intelligence: