The 9 Multiple Intelligences – Which “Smart” Are You?

#1 Logical Reasoning – Logic Smart

Logical-Reasoning (Logic Smart): Calculating, classifying, and finding patterns are all your strong suits. You like to experiment, solve puzzles, and identify relationships. You light up at the idea of a “deductive reasoning” exercise. This is the other most highly regarded intelligence in traditional education, so you’ve probably done well in school.

Logical-Reasoning careers: Scientists, computer programmers, inventors

To cultivate Logical-Reasoning intelligence: Play logic and pattern games like Sudoku, organize a collection, develop and prove a hypothesis, find the pattern in a poem

Famous people with Logical-Reasoning intelligence: Nicola Tesla, Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates

#2 Verbal Linguistic – Word Smart

Verbal-Linguistic (Word Smart): You learn best through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. You probably enjoy writing poetry and stories. You’re good at identifying grammar errors and you may have a talent for learning foreign languages. This is traditionally one of the most highly-prized intelligences in education systems worldwide, meaning it’s likely that you’ve been successful in your scholarly pursuits.

To cultivate Verbal-Linguistic intelligence: Write in a journal, play word games (like Scrabble and crossword puzzles), read more books, and debate issues more often

Verbal-Linguistic careers: Writers, public speakers, lawyers

Famous people with Verbal-Linguistic intelligence: JK Rowling, Barack Obama, Martin Luther King Jr, and Junot Diaz

# 3 Visual Spatial – Picture Smart

Visual-Spatial (Picture Smart): You have an excellent ability to draw, visualize, and design. You benefit greatly from having access to pictures, diagrams, and other visual aids. You enjoy puzzles and mazes and you can visualize and manipulate objects with your mind’s eye.

Visual-Spatial careers: Architect, computer scientist, designer

To cultivate Visual-Spatial intelligence: Take a photography or drawing class, draw mind maps of your plans or ideas, do puzzles and mazes for fun

Famous people with Visual-Spatial intelligence: Galileo Galilei, Salvador Dali, and Steve Jobs

#4 Bodily Kinesthetic – Body Smart

Bodily-Kinesthetic (Body Smart): You learn best through touch and movement. You process information through the body and may have fine-tuned motor skills. People probably say that you’re “well-coordinated” and “athletic”. You usually need to do something to remember it and you may have a hard time working at a desk all day.

Bodily-Kinesthetic careers: Dancer, actor, construction worker, sculptor

To cultivate Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence: Physical activities, manipulate objects, using fine and gross motor skills, build things

Famous people with Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence: Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, Mary Lou Retton

#5 Auditory-Musical – Sound Smart

Auditory-Musical (Music Smart): You understand and appreciate the art of music. You do well at listening, composing and performing music. You use rhythms and patterns to understand things. You can probably remember and even replicate a sound or listening passage you’ve only heard once.

Auditory-Musical careers: Composer, DJ, Band Director, Singer

To cultivate Auditory-Musical intelligence: Listen to music while studying, connect music to a lesson, write a short song

Famous people with Auditory-Musical intelligence: Mozart, Yo-Yo Ma, Alicia Keys

#6 Interpersonal – People Smart

Interpersonal (People Smart): You enjoy socializing, sharing, conducting interviews and cooperating. People may considered you extroverted and/or empathetic to others. You’re an excellent group leader and team player.

Interpersonal careers: Politician, teacher, social worker, counselor

To cultivate Interpersonal intelligence: Engage in group activities, volunteer for community service, teach a class or a friend something

Famous people with existential intelligence: Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phill, Mother Teresa

#7 Intrapersonal – Self Smart

Intrapersonal (Self Smart): Intrapersonal-intelligent people are highly skilled at understanding themselves. You are introspective, independent, and self-motivated. You learn best by working alone and setting individual goals.

Interpersonal careers: Psychologist, poet, therapist

To cultivate Intrapersonal intelligence: Keep a daily journal, read self-help books, imagine yourself in other people’s shoes

Famous people with existential intelligence: Anne Frank, Aristotle, Ghandi, Hellen Keller

#8 Naturalistic – nature smart

Naturalistic (Nature Smart): Naturalistic learners feel a connection to the earth. You learn by working with nature. People may say you have a green thumb or that you’re an animal whisperer. In school, you always loved having class outside and you may have engaged in hobbies such as bird watching or rock collecting.

Naturalistic careers: Zookeeper, veterinarian, conservationist

To cultivate Naturalistic intelligence: Keep a nature journal, start a small garden, go outside for everyday activities, take care of a pet

Famous people with existential intelligence: Steve Irwin (“The Crocodile Hunter”), Jane Goodall, Gregor Mendel

#9 Existential (Spirit smart)

 his intelligence has only recently been identified and was not included in the scoring of this quiz ( It is the ability to deal with the big questions of human existence and metaphysics. People may say you have a “sixth sense”, a “strong aura,” or an “old soul”. No matter your age, you give off a feeling of inner peace and wisdom.

*US scholars have been hesitant to include this intelligence in the context of child education, in an effort to avoid mixing church with state.

Interpersonal careers: Shaman, yogi, clergyman, psychic, philospher

To cultivate existential intelligence: practice meditation, write down some “big” questions and write down the answers that come to you

Famous people with existential intelligence: Buddha, Lao Tzu, Joan of Arc, Simone de Beauvoir