Howards Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences

A Personal Look at Multiple Intelligences

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  1. In which of Gardner’s intelligences do you believe that you excel? What evidence can you show?

As is said in the article, Gardner claims that it is common for people to hold more than one of these intelligences. I feel as though, I posses more than one of these intelligences. But, I do not excel in all of them. So, after deep thought, I think it is fair to say these are the 3 intelligences I excel in.

Logical-mathematical intelligence: The logical-mathematical intelligence is used to solve problems, manipulate numbers, make connections, and recognize patterns. The first thing that I thought of when hearing “logical-mathematical intelligence” is math, science, and physics. I know that I am pretty good at all three of those subjects, and enjoy most of the content within it. I believe I excel in this intelligence because I enjoy what it is about, I am fairly good at it, and I like that it challenges me. Contrastingly, I think the logical-mathematical intelligence goes further then just math and science courses. I believe it can also be connected to classes such as English. In English you have to find patterns and create connections. This is also a skill that I am good at, and I don’t mind doing it either.

Intrapersonal intelligence: The intrapersonal intelligence is about understanding yourself and knowing your limitations, goals and so on. I think that I excel in this intelligence because I value myself and make sure I take good care of myself. I will put myself ahead of others if needed. I know what I like and dislike. I also know what I want to achieve and how to do so. In the past 6 months, I have especially gotten to know myself better. I understand myself more and understand why I am the person I am.

Interpersonal intelligence: The interpersonal intelligence is based off of having a strong understanding of people, more specifically the individuals around you. I think that I am fairly strong in this intelligence because I enjoy being around people and participating in conversations with them. I enjoy discussing current events, people’s problems, troubles, or even just sharing stories. I like to think of myself as a people watcher. I enjoy seeing how people act and respond in certain situations. I find these things fascinating and I like talking to people about these kind of things; learning new things about them and helping them with whatever that may be bothering them or enjoying their victories with them.

  1. How does this affect the way you currently approach learning and school assignments?

Based on my answer to question number one, I think all those three intelligences (and my ability to achieve them) have a large influence on how I learn and act in school/class. More specifically, I use my intrapersonal intelligence to analyze myself. I believe you have to know where you are at before you can really achieve anything. You need to understand your goals, what you can achieve in a certain amount of time, set standards for yourself and figure out a way to reach and excel your standards. Secondly, in more social situations I use my interpersonal intelligence. For example, in class I use this to analyze how people are responding to a situation. I let my understanding of people influence how I learn and act at school. Specifically, during a lesson, I will see how others are learning the content, and then I will try doing that myself. I also let others fuel me to do well in school. I purposely surround myself with people who work hard at school and people who value their education. This way, it inspires and influences me to do the same and have the same outlook as those individuals. Lastly, and most literally connected to school, is my logical-mathematical intelligence.

  1. How might the theory of multiple intelligences affect your thinking about your future?

I think that the theory of multiple intelligences will affect how I think about the future, because by taking a look at each of them and evaluating myself, I know what ones I am good at, and ones that I am not so good at. Therefor, I will look for a career/university courses that I am good at. For example, if I didn’t possess the logical-mathematical intelligence, then I wouldn’t look for a career that is heavily influenced by math and logics. But, I do possess the logical-mathematical, intrapersonal, and interpersonal intelligences, so I will use that to my advantage. I know that in my future, I want to put those things to good use and get some benefits from them. Knowing about the theory of multiple intelligences may also effect how I see and perceive other people. Knowing about all the intelligences makes it easier for me to understand why some people do things. This may benefit me in my future because I will understand why people do certain things that they do.

Self-Concept

  1. What social groups do you belong to? What are the norms of behaviour that the group demonstrates?

The social groups that I associate myself with would be the track team, my hockey team, my peers and classmates, as well as a few other people from school (a few grade 10s and 12s), the community of Vibank, and my family. For track, I think the normal behavior demonstrated is to try your best, to push yourself further and to always be your best self. For being your best self, this is from physical abilities to being supportive and having a good sportsmanship. Each of these norms are also demonstrated on the hockey team I play for. IMG_1218On my hockey team another norm is to always have fun and support one another. It’s all about being a team and helping each other out. Some social norms that me and my friends have is to support one another, have fun, trust each other, be accepting, be honest and don’t lie about stuff and to push each other to be the best you can be (whether this is physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually). For Vibank, norms that are commonly demonstrated are helping out the community, offering support to one another, and taking part in community projects and initiatives. Lastly, the social norms in my family are to respect one another, be honest, help each other out, and always try to be the best you can be.

 

  1. How would you describe the qualities of your gender, in other words, what qualities of “maleness” or “femaleness” do you demonstrate?

Commonly (and kind of stereotypically) women are said to be emotional, dependant, sensitive, nurturing, accepting, graceful, and flirtatious. I think that to a degree, these are right, but these are also very flexible. No two people are exactly the same and have the same qualities or characteristics as one another. For me, I think that I hold both female and male characteristics. I’ve always been kind of a “tomboy”, I probably inherited this because of hanging out with my brothers. Anyways, I think the qualities that I demonstrate are emotional, competitive, active, accepting, sensitive, stubborn, empowering, and nurturing. male-and-female-relationship-signI also think that I hold other qualities, but these can change due to the situation I am put in. For example, if I’m playing a serious game of hockey, I’m not going to be quiet and gentle. Instead, I will probably be loud, competitive and aggressive. Overall, I think the qualities that I demonstrate really depend on what kind of situation I find myself in.

 

  1. What have you discovered from your own behavior?

This past year has hands down been the most difficult year I’ve ever experienced. I have dealt with many situations, some more serious and difficult then others. With having a difficult year, I have learnt a lot and had to be a lot more mature. From my own behavior in the past year and years before this year I have discovered many things. Mainly, I have
IMG_0979.jpglearned to take everyday as it comes because at any moment anything can be taken away from you, relationships are more important than money, be grateful for the things you have and have earned, and make sure your priorities are always in the right order.
More specifically, I have discovered that I don’t like to show my emotions, I am very particular with who I converse with and what I tell them, I can be very stubborn, I work best on my own although I enjoy the presence of others, I depend on others for support and advice (again, I am very conscious to who I discuss that kind of stuff with though), I am very self driven and I always try to keep balance in my life, and I make sure I take good care of myself and the people around me.

 

  1. Who do you compare yourself to? Is your comparison based on self-assessment, self-improvement or self-enhancement?

I believe that I usually compare myself to my peers, the people I am close with, my family, people on my hockey team and people that I look up to. IMG_0997I think that my comparison is most commonly based on self-assessment and improvement. I like to know who I am as a person, and how I can improve or change that for the better. For example, I like to compare myself to my goalie partner, Brooklyn Lund IMG_1213and to my favorite NHL goalie, Carey Price. When I do this, I take a look at who I am as a goalie and how I am performing. And then by comparing myself to Brooklyn and Carey, I try to see where I can get better and have a better performance on and off the ice. Furthermore, on self-assessment, I compare myself to family. This helps me analyze who I am as a person. I also do this because I FullSizeRenderenjoy seeing how much alike and different I am compared to my parents and siblings.

 

 

 

  1. Bob Segar – Feel Like a Number

De-personalizing someone is to deprive someone of feeling of an individual personality. I think that everyone experiences this feeling at one point or another in their life. Personally, I feel de-personalized mostly when I work at the Grotto. I find this especially relevant when costumers are rude and don’t acknowledge you. I find it really frustrating, because I make sure I do good at my job, and when that isn’t recognized it’s annoying. I know I also feel de-personalized when we are discussing female and male stereotypes. And common characteristics of being a woman or man. I think this is because each of those things are just a generalisation, and being ‘general’ takes away that feeling of being individualistic. I would imagine that this makes other people feel de-personalized as well.

My Personality Test

My Results

 

My results from www.my-personality-test.com were, introverted-16%, sensing- 1%, feeling- 6%, and judging- 33%. This gives me the “ISFJ” personality type. In a short summary these results claim that I am very organised, reflective, observant, reserved, and thought and achievement orientated. As well as, my results claim that I am very traditional, realistic, practical, empathetic, accepting or warm. These traits aren’t nearly as high as the others, but they are still present in my personality.

 

Introverted and Extroverted

introvert-vs-shy.jpgI am an introvert! Based on the research I did at https://www.verywell.com/what-is-introversion-2795995, I have found out that introverted people tend to be very self aware, thoughtful, enjoys detail, keeps their emotions private, are quiet in larger groups, more social around people they know well and learn well through observation. Overall, I think I represent many of these characteristics; some more than others. For example, I think I am very aware of myself. From my actions to my emotions. I can easily figure out if I am upset or excited over any situation. I think this is because I have experienced so much emotion in the past year of my life. From my mom passing away to having my first really serious boyfriend. I have learned so much from both of these significant events. I feel as though I’ve had to mature through my teen years in the matter of one night with everything regarding my mom. I now have a lot more responsibilities and need to understand myself more due to that. With that said, I can defiantly say I like to keep my emotions to myself. I am very private about that. I only share significant details about my life to very few people. I prefer to have a small group of close friends, but I do enjoy being known in a large group. I believe growing up in a small town has influence on this. Such as the fact that I am used to everyone knowing everyone. So therefor, I love going to my school and having lots of people I can refer to as acquaintances and friends. But, when it comes to my “best friends” I have only a few. I like to be very close with very few people. That is how I’ve been for a long time and I think I will always be that way. Lastly, one of the common characteristics of an introvert is being quiet in large groups. I think I fall into this category less than any of the others. This is because, I don’t mind large groups. I think they are very fun and I enjoy how something is always going on. I am more quiet in large groups compared to small, although, I am loud in large groups that I am comfortable in (classroom discussions, family gatherings, parties).

 

Sensing and Intuition

 

For this section, I am classified as more of a sensing character compared to an intuitive person. I found the following information at http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/sensing-or-intuition.htm. A sensing person is most likely to remember events as snapshots of what actually happened, solve problems by working through facts until the problem is understood, are pragmatic and look to the ‘bottom line’, start with facts and then form a big picture, trust experience over words and symbols, and finally, occasionally pay too much attention to facts, which may result in missing new opportunities. I only scored 1% in this section, but I feel like for the most part, I can connect to the above statements. For example, I think when I solve problems, I first approach it by understanding the facts of it. Which is commonly what a sensing person is likely to do. I also like to analyze the facts I am presented with and then form a big picture based off of those. Furthermore, that is typically how I approach my school assignments. For example, I figured out how I was going to divide the sections up before I started this assignment. I like working with a plan that is in place which I can follow. I find that that works best for me. I don’t really think that I look at facts too much to miss an opportunity. I find that slightly unrealistic for me. Lastly, I know that I defiantly trust experience over words and symbols. I like to know exactly what goes on, and experience it myself rather than going off of what someone has said about it.

 

Thinking and Feeling

 

I got feeling for this portion of the test. This means that “Feelers decide based primarily through social considerations, listening to their heart and considering the feelings of others … They value harmony and use tact in their interactions with others. At work, they are sociable and people-oriented and make many decisions based on values.” (http://changingminds.org/explanations/preferences/thinking_feeling.htm) I received 6% in the feeling section. I don’t agree with many of these points. I believe that I am a compassionate person, and that comes from everything I’ve been through this past year, but I don’t think I let that get the best of me. From the information that I gathered, it sounds like “feelers” are more soft apposed to “thinkers”. Which, perhaps they are, but I like to think that I have a balance between thinking and feeling for a person. I believe that I am kind of in between them. According to the same website I used above, “Thinkers decide based primarily on logic, and when they do so, they consider a decision to be made. They tend to see the world in black and white and dislike fuzziness. They focus on tangible things, seeking truth and use of clear rules. At work, they are task-oriented, seek to create clear value. Interacting with them tends to brief and business-like”. Furthermore, I think that I understand and care for when people have a solid excuse to not be at work, school, and so on. But I also highly believe in logic, decisions, truthfulness and rules. I think rules aren’t to be broken, but deadlines can be flexible. I think deadlines can be flexible in only very serious circumstances. Like if a person has experienced a death in his/her family or has been giving some life changing/threatening news. Overall, I know I have a soft side and am able to use that in given circumstances, but I also still believe in discipline, rules and logic. I am not a big fan of black and white decisions, but I also find “fuzziness” to be unclear and often confusing. So overall, I’d say I’m both a thinker and feeler.  I’m not too sure which side I lean more towards.

 

Judging and Perceiving

 

I scored 33% in the judging category, this was my highest percentage of all the traits. According to http://www.mypersonality.info/personality-types/judging-perceiving/, people who have the judging trait tend to have characteristics such as decisiveness, organized, structured, good at finishing things they start, stay on schedule, make plans, responsible and like closure. Overall, I think I have many of these characteristics. Most predominantly, I am very organized, good at staying on schedule, I enjoy making plans, and I am very responsible. I prefer having closure, but it won’t take me too long to get over if I don’t. Additionally, the same website says that people with the perceiving trait contain characteristics such as adaptable, relaxed, disorganized, care-free, spontaneous, keeps options open, procrastinates, dislikes routine, and is flexible. And again, I for sure fall under certain traits in that category. For example, I would consider myself adaptable and relaxed. But I still prefer to have a plan of action over free-balling. I also feel like I want to be more free spirited and spontaneous. I think that the most fun and memorable things are often unplanned. In addition to that, I also am a fairly talented procrastinator. I don’t procrastinate with presentations or studying for tests, but if I have an assignment that I find really boring, I will usually hand it in late. Or sometimes I am just lazy. At last, I believe I am more of a judgement person over perceiving.