PARENTING is tough but rewarding, although some parents can be disappointed when their children do not meet parental expectations.
When I was young my grandfather wanted me to study law but I was interested in nature and natural medicine.
I eventually obtained a degree in psychology and an herb specialist certificate.
I’ve also learned that there are various types of intelligence — at least eight, according to author and psychologist, Dr. Kumar Mehta.
In a recent online article, Dr. Mehta talked about the theory of multiple intelligence which, he said, was first introduced in a 1983 book, “Frames of Mind,” by Howard Gardner, a psychologist and professor at Harvard University.
Each type represents different ways of how a person best processes information, Dr. Mehta said.
“If you want to learn to be exceptional at something,” he added, “your best bet is to understand the unique areas of intelligence where you have an advantage, and then build upon those strengths.”
For example, he said, “consider someone who struggled with writing until they attempted to create a graphic story, which turned into a compelling narrative. Or a student who couldn’t seem to grasp fractions until they visualized separating apples into slices.”
Here are the eight types of intelligence identified by Gardner:
1. Spatial intelligence
The ability to think abstractly and in multiple dimensions.
2. Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence
The ability to use your body in a way that demonstrates physical and athletic prowess.
3. Musical intelligence
Sensitivity to rhythm, pitch, meter, tone, melody and timbre.
4. Linguistic intelligence
Sometimes called “language intelligence,” this involves sensitivity to the meaning of words, the order among words, and the sound, rhythms, inflections and meter of words.
5. Logical-mathematical intelligence
The ability to analyze problems logically, carry out mathematical operations and investigate issues scientifically.
6. Interpersonal intelligence
The ability to interact effectively with others. Sensitivity to others people’s moods, feelings, temperaments and motivations.
7. Intrapersonal intelligence
Sensitivity to one’s own feelings, goals and anxieties, and the capacity to plan and act in light of one’s own traits.
8. Naturalistic intelligence
The ability to understand the nuances in nature, including the distinction between plants, animals, and other elements of nature and life.
Dr. Mehta says we should ask ourselves if our skills and interests align with our career. “If not, how can you use them to get to where you want to be?”
“When we gain a deeper understanding of our natural talents,” he added, “we have better chance of figuring out how to achieve goals in both our personal and professional lives.”