People have always used the words bright, smart, and advanced to describe me in my childhood and adult life. I can remember being in fourth grade going to fifth grade classrooms for my courses. As an elementary student, we had SRA (Science Research Associates) cards as a part of our reading material where you had to accomplish the prior level before advancing to the next level. I always advanced quickly between the levels in this material. I have always been a fast learner. This has impacted my identity and performance by giving me a feeling of accomplishment. Achievement was motivation to continue growing, often independently.
In assessing myself using Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, I would say my multiple intelligence strengths are Linguistic, Intrapersonal, and Interpersonal. Linguistically, I love to write. In my classes, for instance when I listen to the archived Live Chats, I learn best by taking notes while I follow the PowerPoint provided, and hearing the lecture helps me tremendously. I am Intrapersonal in that I can reflect on my own feelings. I love working alone. I have also always had a desire to be an attorney or a psychologist, especially working with adolescence, which fits with this intelligence. I am Interpersonal in that I interact and connect well with people. One of my multiple intelligence weaknesses is Bodily-Kinesthetic. I do not have good coordination, and I do not dance, because I associate it with sex. Learning about Gardner’s multiple intelligences helped me to realize areas where I am strong and where I am weak.
I believe there is a link between intelligence and career choice and success. For example, someone who is high in Existential intelligence may become a scientist or a philosopher of some type because of their ability to understand profound subjects. Someone who is a Naturalistic may become an architect because of their ability to identify shapes and patterns. Psychologist Lewis Terman began studying 1,500 students in 1921. All of the students in the study had an IQ in excess of 135. Researchers revisited the students over a 70 year period finding that most of these students achieved advanced graduate degrees and were employed in careers that required complex thinking such as those found in medicine, law, academia, and science (Editorial Board, 2011). This study provides at a minimum a correlation between intelligence and career choices.
Given the nature and nurture debate about developing intelligence, I can continue to enhance my intellectual capacity by using Gardner and Sternberg’s theories of intelligences to apply my strengths where I have a more natural ability.
Editorial Board. (2011). Introduction to psychology. (1 ed.). Words of Wisdom, LLC. Retrieved from http://www.wordsofwisdombooks.com
La Ha, D. (January 20, 2014) Live chat 5 [Chat]. Retrieved from Colorado Technical University, Virtual Campus, PSYC101-03, Psychology: Understanding Individuals: http://ctuadobeconnect.careeredonline.com/p3bt98sdkdg/?launcher=false&fcsContent=tr ue&pbMode=normal