Do you feel smart? I sometimes do… when I solve a tough programming problem or write a clever email. It’s great to feel smart, but to be honest, it takes a lot of feeling dumb to get there sometimes. I guess that’s what the process of learning is all about. Most times I don’t feel smart, which is okay too 🙂
I think learning is hard, especially when we are done with school. As an adult, I sometimes struggle to learn outside of the classroom. It’s a lot easier to get stuck or to give up, but I suppose pushing myself is part of the challenge. I still haven’t mastered Mandarin or video game programming yet, so I spend a lot more time feeling not smart than smart these days.
No matter how smart or not smart you’re feeling today, I know there is something that makes you smart. I love to think about unique gifts and talents, especially when I’m having trouble with something I’m not so gifted at. It’s easy to focus what we’re not good (or smart) at, so today I’m focusing on how we are all smart in our own ways. I hope this quiz is as empowering for you to take as it was for me to write 🙂
I bet that there’s at least one arena in life that makes you feel smart, and that’s what today’s quiz is all about: What Kind of Smart Are You? Let me know what you get, and if you think it reflects your smarts! Are there multiple outcomes that fit you on the quiz?
Discussion question: When was the last time you felt smart?
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I don’t know about you, but I find most intelligence tests to be annoying. They’re competitive, difficult, and frustrating. I don’t like all the score comparing that goes on when someone takes the SAT, GRE, LSAT, or an IQ test. I’ve taken all of these, and since my score wasn’t “perfect,” I fretted over what I got compared to other people. Ugh! It’s not a good feeling.
So I felt pretty bad about intelligence tests in general until I stumbled upon the theory of multiple intelligence. It’s a theory developed by Howard Gardner suggesting that there are different ways of being learning, performing, remembering, and understanding. It doesn’t mean you’re not smart just because you don’t excel in a certain way or on a certain test. I don’t know how accurate it is scientifically, but I like that idea that we are all intelligent in unique ways.
I was so inspired by this theory that I had to write a quiz about it. (Of course!) Don’t worry if you’ve hated intelligence tests in the past… I have a feeling that you’re really going to like this one. Here it is: What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have? The paradigms of general intelligence I included in What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have? are: spatial, linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. I have recently learned of another paradigm, naturalistic, that represents how well you understand nature and your surroundings. I can imagine adding that one to my quiz on day.
Please take What Kind of Intelligence Do You Have?, and let me know what you get. Is is true fore you? I’m also curious to hear about your own theories of intelligence. Do you think that people are smart in different ways? How do you feel about tests like the SAT and GRE?
I’ll be honest… intelligence is a sticky subject for me. I think that so many of us are labeled as smart and not smart at an early age, and I think those labels really stick with us over the years. I don’t really like a binary view of intelligence, although it seems like that’s what we are stuck with in our society. I think intelligence is much more malleable than people think. It’s not about who’s smart and who’s not. I am much more concerned with who is actually using his or her brain.
I don’t like to complement people on their innate intelligence, because it’s not something that they choose. To me, it’s not about the brain you were born with but how much you respect it. There are plenty of naturally smart people who don’t exercise their intelligence, as well as ordinary people who do extraordinary things. And that’s what today’s quiz is about. I didn’t want to write an intelligence quiz that was about what you’ve got but about how you use it 🙂
To me, intelligence or braininess is just how people describe it: use it or lose it. We all can be smarter, more thoughtful, more insightful, and more perceptive. It’s about exercising our brains whenever we can instead of letting them rot. It doesn’t matter if you were top of the class or bottom of the class growing up.
How comfortable are you with using your brain? Are You a Brain? Take this quiz to see if you’re using your brain to its full potential. And if you’re not a brain yet, no worries! You will be soon enough. Just keep putting that mind of yours to good use.
What do you think of this different sort of intelligence quiz? Comment below and let me know. How do you measure intelligence?