The ability to be aware of the functioning of one's body and others' bodies, as well as to demonstrate strong physical coordination.
People with a strong Gross Bodily Intelligence has an aptitude for moving and manipulating their body in a variety of circumstances. They explore and learn through touch and movement, and have a natural sense of coordination, balance, grace dexterity and timing. Their body is their strength and they remember by doing. They enjoy concrete learning such as games, role play, physical exercise, model building, and field trips. They are interested in health and care of the physical body, and have the ability to naturally invent new approaches to physical skills such as dance movements, athletic techniques, and other physical activities.
People with strong Gross Bodily Intelligence are inclined to:
Athlete, dancer, massage therapy, surgeon, physical education teacher, builder, chiropractor.
Boating, body building, dancing, cycling, acting, horse riding.
*While working with students and making use of the MNTEST to guide students into professions, Steven Rudolph encountered limitations with the Bodily Intelligence category defined by Howard Gardner. This led him to splitting this intelligence into two: Gross and Fine Bodily Intelligence.
The ability to demonstrate strong coordination between the eye and hand, and show finesse in hand movements.
The tendency to seek out unusual challenges or place oneself far outside the space of what an average person would consider normal or safe.