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19 Types Of Intelligence

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Intelligence is a diverse collection of abilities related to perception, learning, reasoning, abstraction, creativity, problem solving, planning, social interaction and decision making. It is often described as having a variety of dimensions or types including:

Aesthetic Intelligence

A sense of aesthetics. Important to the creation and appreciation of things such as art, music and writing.

Artificial Intelligence

The intelligence of machines. Primarily associated with software that learns and self-improves.

Collective Intelligence

Intelligence that results from social processes and communication.


The ability to create new ideas and artifacts of value. Associated with imagination and divergent thinking.

Crystallized Intelligence

Abilities that rely on knowledge and experience.

Emotional Intelligence

The ability to read and use emotion in a directed way.

Existential Intelligence

Intelligence related to philosophical reasoning. May involve extraordinary levels of abstraction.

Fluid Intelligence

The ability to understand new situations and solve novel problems without relying on your knowledge and experience.


The ability to direct thoughts and emotions towards a goal. Described as a sense of purpose.

Interpersonal Intelligence

Understanding the thoughts, emotions and motivations of people by interpreting social signals that are often subtle and ambiguous. Also associated with soft skills such as leadership and influencing.

Kinesthetic Intelligence

Abilities related to the body and hand-eye coordination such as athletics, dancing or performing medical surgery.

Linguistic Intelligence

A talent with language such as easily acquiring new languages.

Musical Intelligence

Intelligence related to music such as the ability to discern rhythm, pitch, timbre, tone and texture.

Organizational Intelligence

The collective intelligence of organizations such as governments and companies.

Self Awareness

The ability to understand one's own thoughts, emotions and motivations. Also used to describe inward facing existential intelligence.

Situational Intelligence

Intelligence related to fast moving situations that require action with little time to think such as driving. Related to intuition.

Spatial Intelligence

Analysis of visual information and space. Related to an ability to visualize with the imagination, known as the mind's eye.


A theoretical non-human intelligence that is comprehensively more intelligent than the smartest humans.

Swarm Intelligence

Collective intelligence that results from the individual decisions of group members as opposed to group decisions.


This is the complete list of articles we have written about intelligence.
Abstract Thinking
Artificial Intelligence
Cognitive Traits
Collective Intelligence
Crystallized Intelligence
Design Thinking
Fluid Intelligence
Flynn Effect
Rational Thought
Situational Awareness
Social Intelligence
Swarm Intelligence
Systems Thinking
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