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What kind of intelligence do you have? Find out!

Everyone is intelligent in their own way. Let's find out what is your kind of intelligence...

The traditional Indian education system unfortunately regards only academic success, better grades, mathematical and scientific intelligence as a measure of intelligence. This makes the other types of intelligence take a back seat and makes it difficult for people with the other kinds of intelligence to be successful.

Contrary to the belief however, intelligence is not an exclusive trait. Each one of us is our own kind of intelligent. It’s not about how intelligent you are. It’s about what you are intelligent at, that really counts.

So when it comes to making a career choice, the important thing is to know what kind of intelligence you have and work towards that to achieve success. For example; can you imagine if Sachin Tendulkar’s father had forced him to become a doctor or an engineer? What good would that be to him or Indian cricket?

Confirming the above is a Psychological theory by renowned Psychologist; Howard Gardener who pioneered the concept of ‘Multiple Intelligence’. He devised a theory where he proposed 9 types of intelligence (competencies).

Let’s try and find out which of the 9 types of intelligence is dominant in you….

  1. Verbal-linguistic intelligence

This kind of intelligence refers to well-developed verbal skills, including written and oral communication.

Related careers

Journalists, editors, PR and media consultants, trainers, lawyers, writers, voice over artists, TV and radio presenters, teachers, professors, speakers, translators.

  1. Logical-mathematical intelligence

This kind of intelligence is the ability to think logically and in terms of numerical patterns as well as reason scientifically.

Related careers

Analysts, bankers, researchers, scientists, accountants, computer programmers, engineers, statisticians, traders, insurance brokers.

  1. Spatial-visual intelligence

The capacity to think in terms of images and pictures, to visualize accurately and abstractly all define this kind of intelligence.

Related careers

Architects, artists, graphic designers, landscape architects, photographers, sculptors, city-planners, engineers, inventors.

Our in-house Psychologist Kshitija Sawant agrees, “Knowing your weaknesses and strengths can help you become a self-aware and a confident human being. It is also important to realize that every individual is different and has a unique potential and preference for learning different things” she says.


  1. Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence

This nature of intelligence refers to the ability to control one’s body movements and to handle objects skillfully.

Related careers

Athletes, nurses, dancers, anthropologists, geologists, biologists, physiotherapists, sign-language interpreters.

  1. Musical intelligence

Musical intelligence refers to the ability to produce and appreciate notes, tunes, rhythm, pitch and timber.

Related careers

DJ’s, entertainers, composers, music producers, singers, musicians, instrument players, sound engineers.

  1. Interpersonal intelligence

This refers to the capacity of a person to respond to the moods, motivations and desires of others in an appropriate manner.

Related careers

HR professionals, psychologists, counselors, educators, politicians, caregivers, advertising professionals, teachers, therapists, trainers, doctors (health care providers), caregivers.

  1. Intrapersonal intelligence

This kind of intelligence refers to the capacity of a person to be self-aware and tune into your inner feelings, values, beliefs and thinking processes.

Related careers

Psychologists, life coaches, spiritual masters, motivational speakers

  1. Naturalist intelligence

This one caters to the ability to recognize and categorize plants, animals and other objects in nature.

Related careers

Biologists, zoologists, forest officials.

  1. Existential intelligence

This refers to the sensitivity to tackle deep questions about human existence such as, “What is the meaning of life?”, “Why do we die?”, “How do we get here?”

Related careers

Religious priests, spiritual masters etc.


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Rahul wasn't happy after achieving his goal! Why?

Does winning equal happiness? Read Rahul’s story to find out…
Nishtha JunejaTeentalkindia Content Writer

Every summer break would be an opportunity to play cricket day in and day out. To learn new strokes, improve stamina and get better at fielding. For Rahul, becoming the captain of cricket for his school cricket team was the ultimate goal. Not so much a goal than a dream. A reward, a coveted prize. He kept repeating one thing to his self, “Practice with everything you have this year. Next year, the position as well as the title of Man of the Match will be mine.”

He repeated this in the morning, evening, while eating, sleeping, brushing his teeth, combing his hair, wearing his uniform, preparing to go on the pitch and while playing. His coach would call him the next Kohli. His parents called him the noor of their eyes. His younger sister was his constant cheerleader.

He sacrificed junk food, going out with friends and spending time with his family to pursue his passion for cricket. Though he wouldn’t say it, at times, a feeling of emptiness stuck to the pit of his stomach. Loneliness washed over his tired muscles. Tiredness hung around his broad shoulders like a dry flower hanging from a frail branch of a broken tree.

Rahul questioned himself, “I am going to become the captain of the cricket team, why am I not happy?   

He brushed the uneasy feelings to the back of his mind, picked up his cricket kit and rushed back home. These unpleasant emotions would surface intermittently. He would ignore the emotions believing that once he achieved his goal of becoming cricket captain, all his worries will vanish and happiness would be served to him on a platter.

Rahul was aiming for the peak of the mountain. He didn’t care to ponder if the peak was as sharp as a razor that might slice his happiness away. Rahul only focused on doing his best at cricket.  

The days before the final game, he put his heart and soul into the game. On the day of the competition, he was ready to be crowned the cricket captain, and in all probability win the title of man of the match. And, he did. He won.

He was ecstatic when coach Kher presented him with the MAN OF THE MATCH trophy. Rahul was happy. His smile reached to the far corners of his mouth and stayed there for most of the day.

Just like the life of a firefly, the relief he felt upon achieving his goal vanished as soon as it had come. Those feelings of emptiness, tiredness and loneliness returned, but this time they wouldn’t go. He tried to fill the emptiness by fishing for another goal.

“What next? I should be happy, why am I not happy?”

Teentalk India expert Kshitija Sawant explains why Rahul was not happy even after achieving his dream goal.

You’re more likely to find long-lasting happiness in life, if the activities you’re pursuing are aligned with your purpose in life. By purpose, I mean, looking at the bigger picture and asking yourself, “Why am I doing this? Is it because this truly makes me happy?” Unfortunately, Rahul was not happy even after receiving his award since he was living according to society’s idea of success and happiness, not his own. So, in order to be genuinely happy in life, you need to stop being a part of the rat race and be true to yourself!

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