Intellectual Wellness is one of our 8 core elements in 8Wise™️. It’s about knowing what interests you, being willing to expand your skills, knowledge, and creative abilities. Intelligence is also about valuing creativity, curiosity, and lifelong learning. Effective Intellectual Wellness can help to improve your critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, your concentration, and memory, all of which leads to improved wellness and wellbeing.

Many people make the mistake of believing Intellectual Wellness is solely based on academic performance, but there are actually eight different types of intelligence. It’s important that you identify your type of intelligence in order to efficiently strengthen your Intellectual Wellness and improve your overall wellbeing.

In 1983, Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner identified the eight types of intelligence as:

  1. Linguistic

A talent for spoken and written language, an ability to learn new languages. Those with this type of intelligence may be lawyers, writers, or speakers.

  1. Logical-Mathematical

The capacity to analyse problems logically, carry out mathematical issues and investigate scientifically.

  1. Spatial

The potential to recognise and manipulate the patterns of wide space like oceans and skies, as well as more confined spaces like buildings and rooms.

  1. Bodily-Kinaesthetic

The ability to use the whole body or parts of the body to solve problems, perform skills or create products.

  1. Musical Intelligence

Possessing skills in performing, composing and having the ability to recognise or create musical pitch, rhythm, timbre and tone.

  1. Interpersonal

The capacity to understand intentions, motivations and desires of other people. The ability work work well with others.

  1. Intrapersonal

The capability to understand yourself, your own desires, fears and talents, and the ability to use this information effectively.

  1. Naturalist

The expertise to identify and between the many different types of plants, animals and weather formations found in the natural world.

Take the time to identify which intelligence the you relate to, and be aware that it’s possible to have more than one. Identifying your preferred way of learning will help you to strengthen your Intellectual Wellness, and as a result boost your overall wellbeing.

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