My Multiple Intelligences Test Results

I recently read Holy Curiosity by Amy Hollingsworth. In this book, Amy reminds us that we all have God-given talents, and that talents are more than just painting or singing. Out of curiosity, I took the quiz in the back of her book, which is the Roberts Multiple Intelligences Quiz. Just for fun, I thought I’d share my results.

According to Roberts, the Intelligences are: Linguistic, Musical, Logical-Mathematical, Spatial, Kinesthetic, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Naturalist. The high scores are the things in which you are really talented, things that come easily to you. (“Use with comfort and ease. Becoming an expert should be rewarding and fulfilling, and will require little effort.”) The medium scores are things at which you have to work a little harder, and the low scores are things you just need to leave alone. Okay, that’s not really what it says, but that’s what I say. LOL All are skills we can improve if we want to work on them. I’ve listed my results below from highest to lowest.

The only thing I scored “High” on was Linguistic. Linguistics enjoy reading and writing, word games, and foreign languages. Obviously, I enjoy writing. I did as a child, as well. I even wrote a book once as a project in the Gifted and Talented program. It was a sad little take-off of Underdog, called WonderDog. I’m sure my mother still has it stashed somewhere. I also wrote (not exceptionally well) for my high school newspaper. Eventually, though, I just stopped writing. I’ve only recently started again. I don’t know how I ever stopped. Now writing is a compulsion for me. I have to write something every day. (Again, not always well, but I hope I’m always improving.)
I love foreign languages. In high school, I took two years of Spanish and three years of French. (Yes, there was some overlap there, and believe me, that was a very confusing year.)

My next score was Intrapersonal. Intrapersonals are self-aware with strong opinions. Um, yeah. If you know me, you know that’s pretty accurate.

Logical-Mathematical: Honestly, I’m surprised this wasn’t higher. It was in the high range of my medium scores, but still lower than I expected.

Naturalist: In touch with nature. Also good planners and organizers of living areas (that’s probably what kept me from scoring higher on this one).

Spatial: Likes maps, charts, and diagrams

My low scores were not all surprising to me. They are the things that I already knew I was not good at.

Interpersonal: Exactly what it sounds like, and I am not good with people.

Musical: If you know me, this is not a big surprise.

Kinesthetic: Have good balance and coordination. Dancers and such. Yeah, that’s so not me.

 

Holy Curiosity by Amy Hollingsworth – Book Review

Amazon Summary
One passage, two verses, four words.

Holy Curiosity: Culitvating the Creative Spirit in Everyday LifeAs a writer and an adjunct professor of psychology, Amy Hollingsworth is on her way to becoming an “expert” on creativity. But just days before delivering her first professional seminar on the topic, she has an unsettling dream. The dream awakens her to the fact that she has missed a crucial element in understanding what true creativity is. Trying to unravel the dream, she soon discovers its contents reflected in a single passage of ancient literature. In this passage she sees for the first time creativity’s core, its spiritual roots, and as its meaning unfolds through months of spiritual reflection and study, it confirms the very scientific theories she’s been teaching all along. In fact, she discovers the underpinnings of the whole body of creativity research tucked into four small words penned centuries ago, kernels of truth that explode with a new depth of meaning. As she digs deeper, she uncovers for the reader God’s blueprint for cultivating the creative spirit in everyday life, through a practical outworking of her spiritual findings. In the end, both writer and reader come away with a new understanding of their own creative abilities–and a profound sense of what’s truly holy about holy curiosity.

My review
This review of Holy Curiosity is unique for two reasons. One is that I actually bought the book. I don’t buy books. More importantly, I bought this book new, not used. When I do purchase books, I always go used, because it’s cheaper. The second is that I have known Amy for several years through an online homeschool group. I’ve become acquainted with a couple of authors after they asked me to review a book for them, but I’ve never reviewed a book when I already had a friendship with the author. Amy didn’t ask me to review this book and I would probably have politely refused if she had. What if I didn’t like it? How do you write a negative review for a book a friend wrote? I was not going there. Turns out I didn’t have to. I loved this book.

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.” – Albert Einstein

Amy defines creativity this way: “For creativity to happen, something within you must be brought to life in something outside of you.” Curiosity leads to creativity and both come from God. In Holy Curiosity, we learn the three elements that are necessary for creativity. (No, I’m not going to tell you. You have to read the book.)

Every human is creative, and there is more to creativity than just painting and music. I love how Amy says, “It’s not how creative are you, but how you are creative.” The best way to discover how you are creative is to ask family and friends what your talents are or to think back to the things you enjoyed as a child before your curiosity and creativity were crushed by unthinking adults. I loved to write. Had I not recently started writing again (at this point, my writing is in the form of blogging) recently, this book would have inspired me to do so. I have been writing more lately, though, so this merely reinforced my conviction that this is what I should be doing.

An alternative (though not the recommended) way to find your creative strengths is to take the Multiple Intelligences Quiz. The Multiple Intelligence Types are Linguistic, Musical, Logical-Mathematical, Spatial, Kinesthetic, Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Naturalist. Amy talks more about this in her book.

Understanding the unique way you are creative is important because we need to express that talent to the best of our ability to honor God. In this encouraging (and sometimes humorous) book, Amy shows us how to bring out the best in ourselves in order to glorify God.

About the book:
Title: Holy Curiosity: Culitvating the Creative Spirit in Everyday Life
Author: Amy Hollingsworth
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release date: July 1, 2011
Pages: 156
Where I got the book: I bought the Kindle version