I is for Intelligence

elusive creature
often not seen heard or felt
though present somewhere…

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There are several theories regarding the nature of intelligence. What is it? What does it look like? Psychology does not have any clear-cut answers yet. What is clear is that there are two sides to the scientific debate on how to approach intelligence. One side says there is one general intelligence, or g factor, that can predict a person’s intelligence. This side plays a part in IQ tests. And there’s another side saying that there are multiple intelligences that can stand on there own; and a person can be better at one intelligence than the others.

Below is an example of general intelligence and multiple intelligence. By no means are these the only two intelligence theories. There are more. But to give a general idea of how complex and tricky intelligence can be, I give these two examples. By the way, the complexities of environment, personality, development, mental illness, and/or mental or physical state can also play a part in how intelligent a person may seem at a glance or test on a standardized intelligence test. Where I work, psychologist must administer an IQ test and adaptive behavior test to determine if a client has an intellectual disability. The adaptive behavior test is a standardized test that measures a person’s daily living, communication, and socialization skills.

I guess anyway you put it, intelligence is elusive in some way. Charles Spearman, the psychologist who proposed the g factor, wrote in one of his books that everyone is “a genius at something, as well as an idiot at something.” He explained that this “something” could not be determined appropriately with the tools of research during his time, early 1900’s.

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Example of general intelligence.20130508-160032.jpg

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Example of multiple intelligences.
HG_Chart_9 Intelligences_WikibooksSource: Wikibooks

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20130424-103449.jpgSource:Mental Health America

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About Claudia

Hi!! My name is Claudia. Blogging is sort of a creative/therapeutic activity for me. I blog about being a wife, mother, student, caseworker, and simply being human through photography, words, music, and blog challenges. Mental illness has also been part of my life, so you'll sometimes find mental health and psychology in my posts. I've dealt with anxiety and depression most of my life. And my husband has bipolar disorder. My hope is that I may show readers that it is possible for people to live positive, productive lives despite mental illness, challenges, or frustrations. View all posts by Claudia

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