by Lou Russell

April 01, 2021

Seven Kinds of Smart


The idea that you are limited as a learner, or that you are not a good learner has been disproved by many people including Thomas Armstrong, the author of the book Seven Kinds of Smart. He found that there are at least seven ways of ‘knowing’, and since then there have been three more. The more ways we can learn to process our thoughts, the more intelligence we have at our disposal. Here’s the original list:


Emotional: Motivated, self-aware, and socially aware with others

Linguistic: Prefers to read, interact with words

Logical-Mathematical: Prefers calculations, math, games

Spatial: Prefers physical sports, moving, new skills

Musical: Sing, music, may have a tune in your head when you walk

Interpersonal: Prefers to be with people, give advice, ask for help

Intrapersonal: Prefers spending time alone, goal setter, realistic


What is your kind of smart? Which others would you benefit from growing?


Lou Russell

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