Interpersonal & Intrapersonal Intelligence

Throughout the month of December, we have been discussing the different types of intelligences that make people who they are. The following two intelligence’s are considered personal intelligences and are supplementary intelligences to the ones discussed earlier in the month.

Interpersonal Intelligence

The interpersonal intelligence are the people who understand and easily interact with others as well as empathize and understand motivations and goals. They are able to sense emotions and relate to the thoughts and feelings of others. They usually have many friends and easily pick up street smarts and are able to be taught through group activities, seminars, and dialogs. People of this intelligence are easily able to use the telephone, audio conferencing, and e-mail. Peoples who are part of this intelligence are great organizers and turn out to be teachers, facilitators, therapists, politicians, and sales people.

Intrapersonal Intelligence

Not to be confused with its interpersonal, people who have intrapersonal intelligence has a very good understanding of their own interests and goals and readily self-analyze and reflect. These people tend to shy away from others, but they are in tune with their inner feelings and they are very wise and use intuition and motivation. People of this intelligence come with strong will and confidence as well as lots of opinions and are capable of making their own plans. Independent study and introspection as well as diaries, privacy and time are great ways to teach these people that usually end up philosophers and counselors as a profession.


There are four additional intelligences, although not official, which include the Naturalist intelligence, Spiritual intelligence, Existential Intelligence, and the Moral Intelligence. Gardner always maintained that there are seven kinds of intelligence that allows for seven ways to teach rather than just one. All seven intelligences are needed to live life well and as presenters we need to attend to all intelligences, not just the two that have been used in traditional schooling. All people are different and no two people have the same blend of intelligence, human beings are the kinds of creatures who learn in many ways. As professional speakers who pass along messages to others, it is our job that we take into consideration all of the ways in which people learn and process information.




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