For some of us it is relatively easy to understand how a flower grows but it is immensely difficult for us to understand and use a musical instrument. For others music might be easy but playing football is difficult.
Instead of having one intelligence it is claimed that we have several different intelligences.
One of those intelligences is based around relationship.
The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on I.Q. testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults. These intelligences are:
|Linguistic intelligence ("word smart"):|
|Logical-mathematical intelligence ("number/reasoning smart")|
|Spatial intelligence ("picture smart")|
|Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence ("body smart")|
|Musical intelligence ("music smart")|
|Interpersonal intelligence ("people smart")|
|Intrapersonal intelligence ("self smart")|
|Naturalist intelligence ("nature smart")|
Relationship seems to fall into the Interpersonal Intelligence category, but I wonder if it might not need it's own category? Some people are naturally good at relationship and others struggle with it. Like any intelligence, we can improve on our ability to hold relationship by training and awareness.
Relationship is definitely a challenge, and if you want to be conscious in your life, the proof of your embodied realization is going to be in your relationships.
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