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“Intelligent,” perhaps the word that most influences the lives of all of us and the biggest cause of pressure on any student.

Since we are children we are instilled with the thought about being intelligent or not. We all have heard phrases related to this word and we are so used to it that we do not really question how true it is, not as a qualifier for the person whom we want to praise–or the opposite– but the very concept of intelligence.

Intelligence is NOT unique or universal and that is a myth people have to think about because after all there are too many ways to understand it.

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, intelligence is “the ability to understand, learn and make judgments or make opinions that are based on a reason,”  so maybe that is why people usually relate this term with the logical, rational or analytical ability.

In fact, not even the specialists in psychology agree with the meaning that is given in the dictionary.

In the study Intelligence: Knowns and Unknowns signed by several professionals of the American Psychological Association in 1996 it said:

“The concepts of ‘intelligence’ are attempts to clarify and organize a complex group of phenomena. Although some degree of understanding has been achieved in certain areas, no conceptualization has answered all the important questions, and none has a universal character. In fact, when a dozen prominent theoreticians were asked to define intelligence, they gave two dozen different definitions to each other.”

With that in mind, the concept of intelligence has not been used well and part of the mistake is that people is still using it in the singular, and are unaware of the diversity of intelligences.

Indeed, there are different theories that argue there are multiple types of intelligence. One of the best known is that of the American psychologist Howard Gardner; for him there is not only one kind of intelligence, but there is linguistic, logical, spatial, mathematical, musical, corporal-kinesthetic, interpersonal intelligence and even more!

So yes, in this life there are no people who are or are not intelligent. Each person has unique abilities and their approach to learning also is unique. We are all smart in the subject we are interested in and in which we receive enriched information.

Now that we know this, we should not underestimate anyone, not even ourselves.

About the Writer
Valentina Munoz, staff writer

Valentina Munoz is a senior at Elsinore High School. She enjoys everything related with art such as music, dance, writing, drawing, and filmmaking. One of her favorite hobbies is writing short novels on an online website and designing little
trailers for them, that’s why she would like to study cinematography to develop her interests and skills. She was born in Colombia and she lived there a big part of her life… maybe that’s why she’s in love with coffee…

Anything else you need to know about her? Oh yes! If you feel better talking to her in Spanish, don’t doubt about it, estará encantada de entablar una conversación contigo ❤
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