What exactly is intelligence?

There’s always been a debate as to what exactly intelligence is.  People view IQ tests as the to go for determining just how intelligent someone is.  Unfortunately, they do a poor job of testing the multiple types of intelligences that everyone has.  It’s extremely difficult to quantitively measure just how intelligent someone is, so I have a new definition that applies to every area of intelligence.  The more intelligent you are in an area of intelligence, the stronger your neural connections are in that area of your brain.  Therefore, it’s easier to make new connections to learn faster and creatively think of new ideas.

Creative intelligence is connected to every other type of intelligence because it allows us to innovate new ideas and make connections that other people do not see. In the rough sketch I made below I show the different types of intelligences, and how they are all connected.  At the center we see intrapersonal intelligence and creative intelligence that are connected to all others.  So now let’s go more in depth to each type and see how they are all connected.

Interpersonal (Social)

The first type of intelligence that we will discuss here is your interpersonal intelligence.  This describes your ability to interact with other people and understand their viewpoints or emotions.  People who are interpersonally smart are typically extremely popular and influential in society.  This intelligence allows you to know how to connect with other people and influence them.

Every type of intelligence has a set of geniuses that fit into that category.  Some persons throughout history that fit into this category are leaders such as Mahatma Ganhdi and Martin Luther King Jr.  Both were able to generate a massive following in their lifetimes and bring about massive social change in the world.

 

Kinesthetic

Kinesthetic intelligence refers to the ability to perform feats with your body and limbic system.  Athletes are those who typically focus on developing their kinesthetic intelligence.  Their fine motor skills give them enhanced hand eye coordination, and some can perform seemingly superhuman stunts.  Intelligence in this area allows for fast adaptation of new physical skills, and allows people to excel in physical competition.

Professional sports players and Olympic athletes are examples of people who are highly kinesthetically intelligent.  Muhammed Ali is an example of a kinesthetic genius.  His seemingly superhuman reaction times, strength, and technique placed him far above the competition he faced.

Spatial

Spatial intelligence refers to the ability to visualize and physically transform three and two-dimensional objects in your mind and reality.  This type of intelligence is important for artists and architects who manipulate and build the physical world.  Spatial geniuses throughout history are some of the most well-known.  Pablo Picasso is one example of many spatial geniuses throughout history.  Some people may be inclined to label Leonardo Da Vinci as a spatial genius, but that’s only partially true.  One of the things that makes Leonardo Da Vinci so great was the fact that he was a genius in every type of intelligence.

Analytical

Analytical intelligence is the ability to relate actions, reactions, and formulate ideas about how the world works.  This often involves sequence of steps and mathematics, which forms the backbone for the scientific method and analysis.  Analytical intelligence has been extremely important for the modern world because it has allowed for the invention of many of the great technologies we see today.

Analytical geniuses are easy to spot and well known throughout history.  Some examples of this type are great minds such as Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawing, and Marie Curie.  These geniuses were able to use mathematical and analytical reasoning to figure out how the world around them works.

Musical

Musical intelligence is something that everyone’s familiar with.  It’s the ability to relate sounds, frequencies, and rhythms in a pleasurable manner.  The interesting thing I found about musical genius is the ability to naturally incorporate Fibonacci sequences and golden ratios into musical pieces.  Everyone knows of musical geniuses throughout history.  Figures such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Bach were able to create masterpieces that have lived long after their lifetimes.

Linguistic

Linguistic intelligence is the ability to relate different words together in a powerful rhythm and create stunning stories.  This intelligence allows the person to create and apply patterns of words, sentences, and stories in their brains.  Linguistic intelligence allows for the creation of beautiful poems, sonnets, stories, novels, and any other form of the written word.  Linguistic geniuses are also well known throughout history, examples include Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.

Intrapersonal

Intrapersonal intelligence is one the less known and practiced intelligences.  However, I believe that it’s one of the most important for achieving your goals and improving all other intelligences.  Intrapersonal refers to the understanding of yourself.  This includes your desires, goals, understanding of emotions, motivations, and your beliefs.  However most importantly, it also covers your own understanding of your brain and intelligence.  This is one of the most important aspects we cover because it relates to your understanding of your own learning process, and how to apply it.  It includes the habits that you have wired into your brain, and your understanding of the ones you want to incorporate as well.

By developing your intrapersonal intelligence, you gain the ability to easily learn any new information and skills.  This is done by understanding your own learning process, and how your brain operates and then turning that knowledge into habits.  Our systems focus on doing just this so that you can apply that knowledge to all the other types of intelligence and reach your fullest potential.  I think the greatest example of an intrapersonal genius is Leonardo Da Vinci.  His understanding of his own learning process and himself allowed him to achieve a genius status in all eight areas of intelligence.  If you’re looking to expand your potential and intelligence, I believe this to be the best place to start.

 

Creative

Creative intelligence is another type of intelligence that stands above all others just like intrapersonal intelligence.  All geniuses throughout history are where they are because of not just their respective genius, but also their creative genius.  True greatness requires at least creative intelligence, and one other intelligence. For example, Albert Einstein did not just have high analytical intelligence, but high creative intelligence as well.  Creative intelligence is the difference between the high achieving, and the great people of history.

Creative intelligence is another important part that we focus on at Davinci Mind.  This paired with intrapersonal intelligence allows you to quickly learn and adapt to any situation.  Creativity allows you to make a noticeable change in the world and become the person you want to be.  Thankfully it’s easy to train and use, some people just need help fishing it out of their brains after not being used for so long.   A person with developed intrapersonal and creative intelligence can achieve almost anything.  It also gives us a concrete answer on how to become more intelligent.

 

I have also created a youtube video talking about the topic if you’re interested in learning more!