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7 (Seven) Kinds of Smart: Identifying and Developing Your Multiple Intelligences Paperback – October 1, 1999
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That little something should be a comfort to all of us -- we each are smart in our own way. Gardner has identified seven specific types of intelligence that all human beings have access to in varying degrees. Armstrong's very welcome addition is to help lay readers understand what qualities are embodied in each intelligence and how to gauge our own specific level in each category.
He also explains that we need not be limited by those intelligences that are least developed in us. It is never too late to take up activities that will help us cultivate each of the seven primary intelligences and, in the process, have fun, experience personal growth and enjoy life.
Gardner is, from what I've read, still tinkering with adding more types of intelligences to his original list of seven. This edition of Armstrong's book lists two new possibilities -- naturalistic intelligence and existential intelligence -- and explains Gardner's criteria for identifying intelligences that can be added to the list.
This is not a feel-good, self-help book. The theory of multiple intelligences could be a major breakthrough in cognitive psychology and certainly warrants further research. Armstrong's gift is to make those of us who don't toil in the groves of psychological academe aware of Howard Gardner's work and its potential impact on our individual lives.
Buy the book, read it and think about the intelligences you have most developed. Think about others around you and their hierarchy of developed intelligences.Read more ›
Now the great thing is that you if you're not "talented" in an area you can still learn how to develop that intelligence. Maybe you always wanted to play the piano but because you were dismissed as a musicians in your early years by a notorious music teacher, you have always been very reluctant to start learning. You know, you still can do it!
As your seven intelligences are set at different levels, you can choose which ones that are important to you and develop these. I have even started to categorize things I do into these intelligences to see what kind of improvements I make.
Somehow the concept of 'multiple intelligences' developed by Howard Gardner has not been as successful as the one of 'emotional intelligence' developed by David Coleman. It is a shame because 'multiple intelligences' is a multiple as rich and useful as 'emotional intellingence.' Emotional intelligence is a really helpful concept. But, 'multiple intelligences' is even more so.
For anyone that has children, that think and excel in different areas from each other, this book gives you hope and direction that everyone can be anything they want to be if they put their minds to it.
Corporate training companies are also starting to take this approach to workplace training to improve retention and eliminate that death by powerpoint feeling much modern training creates. This book is simplistic in its explanations making it an easy read. It explains the 7 smarts (plus two new ones - seems odd but oh well) and how each of us is smart in a variety of ways -- linguistically smart (great readers / spellers / writers), bodily smart (great athletes and dancers), logical thinkers (math-focused folks), spatial smart (architects and geometry lovers), musically smart (singers and hummers), interpersonally smart (great with others), intrapersonally smart (introspective).
It gives tips on how to improve your "smarts" and also makes you feel as if you are smart no matter where your current strengths lie. But if you already knew everything I said here in this review, you already know what the smarts are about and probably wont' get too much more from this book.
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Great book to help you to better understand, accept & forgive yourself, your family members, your friends & ppl in general. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Janette R. Pech
Fabulous book on multiple intelligences! I use this information with folks with developmental disabilities and it helps me gain new ways of helping them strengthen weaker... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jeffrey A Beland
This is an interesting book, based on the theory of multiple intelligences. I'm not sure I totally buy the theory, but I do see the value in meeting people where they are and in... Read morePublished on August 19, 2014 by Lou(c)
I am rating this book five star. I learned of this book from the Multiple Intelligence book. I am using 7 Kinds of Smart to strengthen my week areas. Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by Lucille Gedeon
good guide book to help improve your functioning in life and in career. good advice for fine tuning your self.Published on January 2, 2014 by Kevin
Great Book. Very well written. A fairly easy read. Great references to previous body of research. I recommend this book.Published on July 21, 2013 by Armen
The book has an interesting approach but it is not very deep and deals very much with things you could gain from your own self examination.Published on May 13, 2013 by perran09
I have not finished reading this book yet but if you are reading this review to see if the book is worth it, it is. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Amazon Customer