The Nine Types Of Intelligence Every Person Has

When you think about it, intelligence is a fairly broad term. Most of us are completely sharp in some areas but dull in others. Psychologist Howard Gardner asserted that we actually have "multiple intelligences," and this infographic sums them up.

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In his book, Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences, Gardner explained that, traditionally, intelligence was a "single entity that was inherited" and learned. He suggests a different view:

Nowadays an increasing number of researchers believe precisely the opposite; that there exists a multitude of intelligences, quite independent of each other; that each intelligence has its own strengths and constraints; that the mind is far from unencumbered at birth; and that it is unexpectedly difficult to teach things that go against early 'naive' theories of that challenge the natural lines of force within an intelligence and its matching domains.

Not all psychologists accept Gardner's concept of multiple intelligences, but many professionals find it useful. For example, over at, they explain how teachers and professors have used his framework:

… the theory validates educators' everyday experience: students think and learn in many different ways. It also provides educators with a conceptual framework for organising and reflecting on curriculum assessment and pedagogical practices. In turn, this reflection has led many educators to develop new approaches that might better meet the needs of the range of learners in their classrooms.

The theory is useful for figuring out your own strengths and weaknesses so you can learn and build on them accordingly, too. Over at Funders and Founders, designer and author Marc Vital outlines Gardner's nine types of intelligence. Check it out in the below infographic, then head to Vital's post for more detail.

9 Types Of Intelligence [Funders and Founders]

The Nine Types of Intelligence Every Person Has

9 Types Of Intelligence [Funders and Founders]


    Whereas there are at least 12 types of stupidity, eight of which you'd need in good measure to believe in this "Theory of Multiple Intelligences" crap. Here's the first two (feel free to add more):

    1. Numeric Stupidity: The tendency to believe meaningless, over-simplified theories if the information is presented in a numbered list.

    2. Contextual Stupidity: Believing that a "type of intelligence" is a fixed value and does not change with context.

    Last edited 27/04/16 4:01 pm

      1. It's not a numbered list and
      2. It does put intelligence into different contexts.
      So I'm guessing you're one of the 12.

    1. It is in the book
    2. The author presents each 'intelligence type' as a trait that is independent of context.

    "one of the 12" - witty, cutting and insightful. Got me there for sure.

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