Architects, Pilots, Inventors

Refers to the capability to think in images and orient oneself spatially. In addition, spatially intelligent people are able to graphically represent their visual and spatial ideas Includes artists, decorators, architects, pilots, sailors, surveyors, inventors, and guides.

Famous examples: Picasso, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Leonardo DaVinci


Actors, Surgeons, Athletes

Refers to the capacity of using one’s own body skillfully as a means of expression or to work with one’s body to create or manipulate objects. Includes dancers, actors, athletes, sculptors, surgeons, mechanics, and craftspeople.

Famous examples: Michael Jordan, Julia Roberts, and Mikhail Baryshnikov


Singers, Musicians, Composers

Refers to the capacity to appreciate a variety of musical forms as well as being able to use music as a vehicle of expression. Musically intelligent people are perceptive to elements of rhythm, melody, and pitch. Includes singers, musicians, and composers.

Famous examples: Mozart, Julie Andrews, Andrea Boccelli and Leonard Bernstein


Sales people, Politicians, Talk show hosts

Refers to the capacity to appropriately and effectively communicate with and respond to other people. The ability to work cooperatively with others and understand their feelings. Includes sales people, politicians, religious leaders, talk show hosts, etc. 

Famous examples: Bill Clinton, Mahatma Gandhi, Oprah Winfrey


Entrepreneurs, Therapists, Philosophers

Refers to the capacity to accurately know one’s self, including knowledge of one’s own strengths, motivations, goals, and feelings. To be capable of self-reflection and to be introverted and contemplative are also traits held by persons with Intrapersonal intelligence. Includes entrepreneurs, therapists, philosophers, etc.

Famous examples: Freud, Bill Gates, and Plato


Writers, Orators, Comedians

Refers to an individual’s capacity to use language effectively as a means of expression and communication through the written or spoken word. Includes poets, writers, orators, and comedians.

Famous examples: Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman


Economists, Lawyers, Scientists

Refers to an individual’s ability to recognize relationships and patterns between concepts and things, to think logically, to calculate numbers, and to solve problems scientifically and systematically. Includes mathematicians, economists, lawyers and scientists.

Famous examples: Albert Einstein, Erwin Schrodinger, and John Dewey


Botanists, Farmers

Refers to the ability to identify and classify the components that make up our environment. This intelligence would have been especially apt during the evolution of the human race in individuals who served as hunters, gatherers, and farmers. Includes botanists, farmers, etc.

Famous examples: Charles Darwin, E.O. Wilson