English: Theory of Multiple Intelligences Essay

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My Strengths Everyone is an unique individual in the world. Everyone grows up in different cultures and environments. Everyone has their abilities to combine intelligences to work together. Therefore, each individual owns distinct strengths and shortcomings. According to the article “A Rounded Version: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences”, an individual may not be particular gifted in any intelligence; and yet, because of a articular combination or blend of skills, he or she may be able to fill some niche uniquely well. This shows that to have a strength, people may combine more than one skill or intelligence. In addition, Gardner refers the theory of multiple intelligence and gives seven different intelligences. He says that bodily-kinesthetic intelligence shows up in dancers and athletes, and applies to physical work as well. For interpersonal intelligence, it concerns the way to be sensitive to other’s needs and concerns. Through personal experiences, I find myself have strengths on bodily-kinesthetic intelligence and interpersonal intelligence. I have an inborn ability which is archery. Guard gives an example to support his theory about bodily-kinesthetic intelligence which is Babe Ruth could be an excellent pitcher even though he had not gotten any formal training before. Thus, one of the major reasons for Baba Ruth to become a great pitcher was that he possessed an inborn bodily-kinesthetic ability. Some people have inborn intelligences. Finding that I have ability to play archery well when I was in a summer camp. We had activities in the afternoon called Sports Time, and we needed to do different sports everyday. I remembered that it was a beautiful sunny day in a jungle of Minneapolis. Coordinator led us through the woods, and we arrived at a wide grass. The first thing that I noticed was the two archery targets. Coordinator told us that playing archery was the activity of today. I was excited when hearing that. Next, we were divided into two groups and going to have a race between two groups. To my surprise, I felt very confident when holding the bow and arrow. The feeling was like that I played it for many times, but it was the first time for me to play it. Staring at the bull’s-eye, I loosened my right hands with arrow rapidly. It was unbelievable that I almost hit the bull’s-eye. I did the same well in the next shots. After finishing the activity of archery, a Korean girl walked to me. She said that my skill of archery was good , and she asked me whether I practiced before. I told her that it was my first time to do it, and it was probably an inborn ability. We became good friends since that conversation. We even send our wishes to each other by email from 2011 to now. It is easy for me to make friends, and I can keep a long friendship. Another example to show my strength on bodily-kinesthetic intelligence and interpersonal intelligence is playing mahjong. Mahjong is a game for four players that originated in China. To play the mahjong, the first step is placing all the tiles face-down on the table and shuffle them. Then, build them into a square structure known as the Wall. Each player then takes either thirteen tiles or sixteen tiles. During game play, the number of tiles maintained by each player should always be the same. A player must discard a tile after picking up one. A player wins the round by creating a standard mahjong hand, which consists of a certain number of melds and a pair. When playing it, we need strong focus because we need to notice and observe other players’ expressions. If a player needs only one more tile to complete his winning hand, he might try to hid his emotion. Therefore, if we notice that expression and read the intensions from him, we can make strategies to deal with it and might turn the tables. Gardner points out that “ interpersonal intelligence builds on a core capacity to notice distinctions among others; in particular, contrasts in their moods,…