Since we’ve recently had “Know your worldview,” how about “Know your intelligences”?
In the 1980s, psychologist Howard Gardner developed the theory of “multiple intelligences,” aka MI theory. There’s quite a lot to it - it’s rooted in neurobiological research on impaired brain function and studies of savants – it also has its critics, but it’s still pretty interesting. The 7 intelligences are said to be: verbal-linguistic, logical-mathematical, visual-spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, and intrapersonal (Gardner has since added “naturalist” and the possibility of “spiritualist”). They’re not mutually exclusive - people can be strong in one or several intelligences. Among other things, MI theory highlights the verbal-linguistic and logical-mathematical “bias” in IQ testing (and in education, where it’s had a huge effect in recent years). BTW, a zillion people have tried to tack on other intelligences (like “emotional intelligence” or so-called “EQ”), but these have zip to do with MI theory.
Want to see where you stand? There are a few online multiple intelligences tests. None of them are sanctioned by Gardner, and they can’t really measure aptitude (just predisposition) - at 80 or so questions, they can also take a while to complete. Still, the results can be fascinating. If you’re interested, here’s a sample test: