8. Naturalistic – nature smart
Naturalistic learners feel a connection to the earth. You learn by working with nature. People may say you have a green thumb or that you’re an animal whisperer. In school, you always loved having class outside and you may have engaged in hobbies such as bird watching or rock collecting.
Naturalistic careers: Zookeeper, veterinarian, conservationist.
To cultivate Naturalistic intelligence: Keep a nature journal, start a small garden, go outside for everyday activities, take care of a pet.
Famous people with existential intelligence: Steve Irwin (“The Crocodile Hunter”), Jane Goodall, Gregor Mendel.
9. Existential (Spirit smart)
This intelligence has only recently been identified and was not included in the scoring of this quiz. It is the ability to deal with the big questions of human existence and metaphysics. People may say you have a “sixth sense”, a “strong aura,” or an “old soul”. No matter your age, you give off a feeling of inner peace and wisdom.
*US scholars have been hesitant to include this intelligence in the context of child education, in an effort to avoid mixing church with state.
Interpersonal careers: Shaman, yogi, clergyman, psychic, philosopher
To cultivate existential intelligence: practice meditation, write down some “big” questions and write down the answers that come to you
Famous people with existential intelligence: Buddha, Lao Tzu, Joan of Arc, Simone de Beauvoir