Howard Gardner Theory of Multiple Intelligences Analytical Essay

Howard Gardner Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Looks at the theory of multiple intelligences developed by Howard Gardner especially interpersonal, intra-personal and verbal/linguistic intelligences.
# 151607 | 1,265 words | 10 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jul 11, 2012 in Education (Education Psychology) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper explains that, although Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences defines eight different categories, strength in the interpersonal, intra-personal and verbal/linguistic intelligences may be the means to understanding and achieving success. Next, the author relates that linguistic intelligence is necessary to understanding concepts and translating that knowledge into advancement; whereas, strong interpersonal intelligence leads to more success with people. The paper contends that intra-personal intelligence is needed to plan and achieve personal goals by reflecting on and monitoring one's thoughts and feelings and regulating them effectively.

From the Paper:

"Success is defined as "favorable or desired outcome; also: the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence". A desired outcome for a relationship is one that lasts and contributes to the overall happiness of each partner. There has been little research done into the link between relationship success and interpersonal intelligence (sometimes referred to as emotional intelligence). However, in a recent study two separate groups of partners were studied to determine the role that emotional success played in the relationship. In the conclusion of this study it was reported "we were able to demonstrate that emotional intelligence produces not only intra-personal but also interpersonal effects on relationship quality". Those participants in the study who were able to utilize perspective of their partner were much better able to resolve issues than those who lacked the ability to see things from the perspective of their mate. One can therefore conclude that strong interpersonal intelligence leads to more success personally.
"From a business perspective, interpersonal intelligence lends similar qualities. In a work-place setting success is within the control of multiple members of the team. It is therefore the leader's ability to demonstrate empathy and create personal relationships that can influence his emotional intelligence. Further it is the emotional intelligence that most directly correlates to the success of a business because of its correlation to performance."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Colfax, R. S., Rivera, J. J., & Perez, K. T. (2010). Applying Emotional Intelligence (EQ-I) in the Workplace: Vital to Global Business Success. Journal of International Business Research, 89-98.
  • Ellis, D. (2011). Becoming a Master Student. Boston: Wadsworth.
  • Gardner, H. (1985). Frames of Mind: The Theories of Multiple Intelligences. New York: Basic Books.
  • Gardner, H. (2009). FAQ. Retrieved from Howard Gardner:
  • Gardner, H. (2009). Links. Retrieved from Howard Gardner:

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