Aptitude is a readiness, quickness and ability to acquire knowledge, skills and talents. This is closely related to intelligence, personality and motivation. Aptitude is often portrayed as being an inborn quality of an individual. However, aptitude can be acquired. For example, an individual who has learned a second language usually picks up a third language more easily. The following are common types of aptitude.
Fluid intelligence is the ability to solve problems in novel domains where you have no previous knowledge.
Artistic AptitudeA sense for fine art. This can be described as an intuitive sense of visual emotion and beauty.
Optimism & PessimismAn optimistic disposition may be an advantage to creative pursuits and a pessimistic disposition may be an advantage to conventional professions with well defined procedures such as accounting and carpentry.
SociabilityA fondness for meeting people and spending time socializing.
CharismaA compelling personal presence that inspires devotion in others. Important to leadership and professions such as acting.The ability to focus on tasks and complete work.Intrinsic motivation and response to extrinsic motivation. For example, an artist with an intense and unstoppable desire to reach the top of the art world may have more potential as an artist than an individual who is only half-committed.
The ability to understand yourself including your motives, emotions, thoughts and character. This includes the ability to identify and override your own biases.A willingness to take calculated risks and an aptitude for estimating risk and seeing ways that it can be reduced.
CuriosityA strong motivation to know the unknown.
Openness to ChangeA willingness to embrace change and try new things.
Linguistic IntelligenceThe ability to acquire and master language including your native language and second languages.
Logic, Reasoning & MathIntelligence related to logic, abstractions, reasoning and numbers.
Emotional IntelligenceEmotional intelligence is the ability to read emotion and respond in some intelligent way. This includes the introspective ability to see your own emotions and manage their impact on your behavior.
AgreeablenessThe drive or tendency to be kind, sympathetic, cooperative, warm and considerate. Important for social roles such as parenthood and professions such as teaching.
Spatial IntelligenceSpatial judgment and the ability to think visually.
Existential IntelligenceAn aptitude for handling difficult foundational questions. Applicable to areas such as philosophy and ethics.
MusicalityAn aptitude for music such as an ability to perceive and reproduce pitch, rhythm and harmony.
Bodily-kinesthetic IntelligenceAn aptitude for developing gross motor skills and fine motor skills.
Interpersonal IntelligenceAn aptitude for influencing people and leading groups.
Situational IntelligenceSituational Intelligence is an ability to quickly understand fast moving situations and respond intelligently. The drive to be diligent, careful, precise, honest and to take responsibilities seriously. Essential to professions such as accounting.The ability to align your behavior to your values and goals.
Convergent ThinkingConvergent thinking is the ability to find the correct answer to a question that has a definitive solution. Requires the patience and intelligence to apply existing systems to a problem.Divergent thinking is the ability to find a reasonable solution to a question with no definitive answer. Requires a playful approach that considers a large number of possibilities without committing too early.
CreativityCreativity is the ability to create things and ideas that are new, non-obvious and valuable.
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