“You ought to be intelligent to understand this” –even after hours, the declaration made by a professor continues to echo in my ears. The impact that it made was so massive that it thrust right on to my heart. It would have been better if someone could precisely define the meaning of ‘being intelligent’.
When I say there isn’t exactly any standardized format to analyze one’s intelligence level, it would sound totally odd and unacceptable. In simple terms, intelligence is the capacity to acquire knowledge and understanding and use it effectively in different novel situations. However , with IQ test being conducted right from the school level, emphasis is given to the areas of logical, mathematical, verbal and reasoning skills, thus making the concept more complex than ever. Further, the term intelligence today is more closely associated with one’s carrier opportunities too; a major reason for the emergence of the ‘corporate intelligence’ concept.
So, is it true that a high measured IQ is an evidence of one’s ability? What if a person has a low measured IQ, but is outstandingly artistic, creative and has practical prowess, combined with personal characteristics such as ambition, good temperament and compassion? It is exactly at this point that we need to rethink. The biggest fault is that majority of us still view intelligence through the academic perspectives and hence tends to forget about the ‘theory of multiple intelligence’. Some of us may be great musicians but completely hopeless when it comes to fixing a technical problem; others may be championship-class chess players
but would never be able to smash a tennis ball into the opposing player’s court; and others may possess great linguistic skills but feel completely at a loss trying to make small talk at social gatherings. The fact is that no-one is talented in every domain and no one is completely incapable in every domain.
An interesting study made at the department of education of the Harvard University has identified 7 major types of intelligence; say:
1. Linguistic (verbal, writing)
2. Kinesthetic (dance, drama)
3. Rhythmic (music)
4. Logical (mathematics, problem solving)
5. Spatial (designs, drawings, color schemes)
6. Inter personal (empathy, communication, collaboration)
7. Intrapersonal (concentration, insight, self understanding, strategies)
These types are for most part independent of one another, and by no way is more important than the other. In such a case all of us are intelligent, in one way or the other. The only thing is that we need to identify our area of interest and start nurturing it. The more we practice, the more dexterous we become. So, why do you wait? Let’s prove the world our real worth.