Brain Food for the Hungry Mind
A dear friend of mine went on a date. It went rather well, so the guy said "Hey, how 'bouts we do a double date with my friend. He's a great guy."
My friend called to let me know she instantly blew off the idea with an excuse about needing to help a friend, when in truth she felt intimidated by the *intelligence* of her new guys friend. "He's a chemical engineer or something....I didn't want to look stupid in front of him."
My friend is one of the most delightful conversationalists and smart as a whip in many areas of life. "That's how you learn." I told her. "Listening to people who can tell you things you've never been exposed to before. -- Besides,"I said
"there are different kinds of intelligence. You might have had the opportunity to expose him to streams of thought he has never been exposed to."
Which brings me to this, and I hope it helps others who think academia is the only kind of *smarts* or intelligence out there.
I've sat with brilliant men and women. From all different walks of life. The most vibrant resonated with compassion and genuine caring for people. (It is my understanding Jim Morrison from the Doors was like that, when he wasn't disgustingly drunk and out of his mind. He was a genius, but he always worded things carefully so that the person he was with would feel comfortable and just as smart. This is a type of intelligence that in my eyes surpasses all else on the human scale. He was Intelligent in ways of Empathy.
I should also say that the mouths that wag to feed their own sense of superiority should never intimidate anyone or cause them to have a bad time. Just tell them gently and lovingly what my friend always told me " stop thinking so much...it's bad for you". Turn off the brain and turn on the Joy. It's there and it's accessible to all. You just need to develop the type of intelligence that will recognize it. Love. Compassion. Personal responsibility. Forgiveness. These are all the courses in the School for Mastering Joy.
So just for the heck of it, here's a little something I picked up from another site. That'll help you recognize 9 different types of Intelligence.
The Nine Types of Intelligence
By Howard Gardner
1.Naturalist Intelligence (Nature Smart)
Designates the human ability to discriminate among living things(plants, animals) as well as sensitivity to other features of the natural world(clouds, rock configurations). This abilitywas clearly of value in our evolutionary past as hunters, gatherers, andfarmers; it continues to be central in such roles as botanist or chef. It is also speculated that much of ourconsumer society exploits the naturalist intelligences, which can be mobilizedin the discrimination among cars, sneakers, kinds of makeup, and the like.
2.Musical Intelligence (Musical Smart)
Musicalintelligence is the capacity to discern pitch, rhythm, timbre, and tone. This intelligence enables us to recognize,create, reproduce, and reflect on music, as demonstrated by composers,conductors, musicians, vocalist, and sensitive listeners. Interestingly, there is often an affectiveconnection between music and the emotions; and mathematical and musicalintelligences may share common thinking processes. Young adults with this kind of intelligenceare usually singing or drumming to themselves.They are usually quite aware of sounds others may miss.
3.Logical-Mathematical Intelligence (Number/Reasoning Smart)
Logical-mathematical intelligence is the ability tocalculate, quantify, consider propositions and hypotheses, and carry outcomplete mathematical operations. Itenables us to perceive relationships and connections and to use abstract,symbolic thought; sequential reasoning skills; and inductive and deductivethinking patterns. Logical intelligenceis usually well developed in mathematicians, scientists, and detectives. Young adults with lots of logicalintelligence are interested in patterns, categories, and relationships. They are drawn to arithmetic problems,strategy games and experiments.
4. Existential Intelligence
Sensitivityand capacity to tackle deep questions about human existence, such as themeaning of life, why do we die, and how did we get here.
5.Interpersonal Intelligence (People Smart)
Interpersonalintelligence is the ability to understand and interact effectively withothers. It involves effective verbal andnonverbal communication, the ability to note distinctions among others,sensitivity to the moods and temperaments of others, and the ability toentertain multiple perspectives. Teachers, social workers, actors, and politicians all exhibitinterpersonal intelligence. Youngadults with this kind of intelligence are leaders among their peers, are goodat communicating, and seem to understand others feelings and motives.
6.Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence (Body Smart)
...and the rest can be found herehttp://skyview.vansd.org/lschmidt/Projects/The%20Nine%20Types%20of%20Intelligence.htm