Key Concepts

Intrapersonal Intelligence

Understanding Intrapersonal Intelligence

The ability to be deeply in tune with or control oneself physically, emotionally and/or spiritually.

People with strong Intrapersonal Intelligence have an aptitude for being in tune with their emotions, feelings, and inner self. They have a clear understanding of what makes them tick, and have good control over their emotions. They are aware of their range of emotions, and find appropriate expressions and outlets for them. They have a strong personal ethics code and are aware of beliefs and values that motivate them. They set goals and work towards them. They can work independently and are curious about deeper questions in life including meaning, relevance, and purpose. They manage their own ongoing learning and personal growth, seek understanding of their inner experiences, and strive for self-actualization. They have insights into the complexities of themselves and others, and naturally empower others and encourage them to introspection and self-understanding.

Characteristics of Intrapersonal Intelligence

People with strong Intrapersonal Intelligence are inclined to:

  • Engage in self-analysis
  • Enjoy spending time alone
  • Understand their emotions
  • Reflect on their goals and accomplishments
  • Make life plans
  • Think about the deeper meaning of life
  • Perform religious or spiritual practices

Traits of Intrapersonal Intelligence

  • Personal efficacy
  • Situation analysis
  • Self-criticism
  • Philosophizing
  • Spending time alone

Famous People with High Intrapersonal Intelligence

  • Anne Frank (girl writer during the Holocaust)
  • Dalai Lama (Buddhist leader)
  • Mark Twain (writer)
  • Sigmund Freud (psychoanalyst)
  • Anne Sullivan (educator/philosopher)

Careers that correspond

Psychology, theology; spiritual advisor; writer.

Hobbies that correspond

Reading books, blogging, writing stories, creative writing, photography, cooking.

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