Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. American Psychological Association (2013), "the discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience — from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged" (para. 1). American Psychological Association (2013), "in every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental health care services, "the understanding of behavior" is the enterprise of psychologists" (para. 1).
Do you agree with Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences? Why or why not?
Yes I do agree with Gardner’s theory of multiple
intelligences, whereas Gardener's view was that “an ability or set of
abilities that is used to solve problems or fashion products that are of
consequence in a particular cultural setting” (Kowalski, & Westen,
2011). Gardner believed in order to recognize the existence of multiple
forms of intelligence, one should perform an exercise where one should not ask
“How smart are you?” but ask “How are you smart?” (Kowalski, & Westen,
2011). Asking and answering the latter question shows exactly how one is
intelligent and in which one or more intelligences one excels. One does not
have to excel in all intelligences to be considered intelligent. Through
Gardner's theory, the eight intelligences are identified as musical,
bodily/kinesthetic, spatial, linguistic, logical/mathematical, naturalistic, intrapersonal,
These eight intelligences are examples of how people are set
apart as individuals. This I believe can be seen in society as how different
people take different paths in life, in college, and in careers as related to
which intelligence one excels at. I personally see how my three children excel
at different intelligences from each other but one is not smart than another.
They have just learned in different ways and have developed different skills
than the others.
Kowalski, R., & Westen, D. (2011). Psychology (6th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: