19 Types Of Intelligence
John Spacey, updated on November 23, 2016
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 IntelligenceA sense of aesthetics. Important to the creation and appreciation of things such as art, music and writing.
Artificial IntelligenceThe intelligence of machines. Primarily associated with software that learns and self-improves.
Collective IntelligenceIntelligence that results from social processes and communication.
CreativityThe ability to create new ideas and artifacts of value. Associated with imagination and divergent thinking.
Crystallized IntelligenceAbilities that rely on knowledge and experience.
Emotional IntelligenceThe ability to read and use emotion in a directed way.
Existential IntelligenceIntelligence related to philosophical reasoning. May involve extraordinary levels of abstraction.
Fluid IntelligenceThe ability to understand new situations and solve novel problems without relying on your knowledge and experience.
IntentionalityThe ability to direct thoughts and emotions towards a goal. Described as a sense of purpose.
Interpersonal IntelligenceUnderstanding 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 IntelligenceAbilities related to the body and hand-eye coordination such as athletics, dancing or performing medical surgery.
Linguistic IntelligenceA talent with language such as easily acquiring new languages.
Musical IntelligenceIntelligence related to music such as the ability to discern rhythm, pitch, timbre, tone and texture.
Organizational IntelligenceThe collective intelligence of organizations such as governments and companies.
Self AwarenessThe ability to understand one's own thoughts, emotions and motivations. Also used to describe inward facing existential intelligence.
Situational IntelligenceIntelligence related to fast moving situations that require action with little time to think such as driving. Related to intuition.
Spatial IntelligenceAnalysis of visual information and space. Related to an ability to visualize with the imagination, known as the mind's eye.
SuperintelligenceA theoretical non-human intelligence that is comprehensively more intelligent than the smartest humans.
Swarm IntelligenceCollective intelligence that results from the individual decisions of group members as opposed to group decisions.
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