Robert Sterberg’s triarchic theory of intelligence suggests that intelligence exists across a spectrum which involves three distinct forms: analytical intelligence, practical intelligence and creative intelligence.
Analytical intelligence is what we typically associate with ‘smart’ people. It’s book smarts. Specifically, it’s the ability to understand, recall and develop ideas which aid in problem solving and decision making.
Practical intelligence is all about how we interact with our environment. How to we change ourselves to suit it, and how to we change our environment to suit us? Practically intelligent people are excellent lifestyle designers.
Finally, creative intelligence is about extending beyond analytical ideas and into the generation of ideas which react effectively to new situations. People with high creative intelligence are those who are comfortable developing new approaches to problems which may not always align with conventional thinking.
Each of these forms are multiplied by one another. If we excel in one but are deficient in another, our overall intelligence still suffers.
If we’re honest with ourselves, can we spot our weakest link?
How much could we be benefit from focussing on improving it?
There’s a lot of research which suggests that we can foster any one of these forms with a bit of dedicated practice.
If that’s important to you, find your weak spot and begin building a habit.