Analysis Of Howard Gardner's Existential Intelligence

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Born on July 11th 1943 from German refuged parents who barely escaped Nazism in 1930s Germany, Howard Earl Gardner lived in Scranton, Pennsylvania with his mother and father. As Gardner aged into his youth years, his interests and developments in musicality and reading flourished, progressing both in reading books and playing the piano. Later on, within Gardner’s adolescent and young adult years, he excelled in academics and eventually enrolled in Harvard University. Upon Gardner’s graduation in 1965, the development and interest in psychology grew stronger, surpassing his parent’s hopes of a future career in law. Eventually in 1986, after a twenty-year psychology career at Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, Gardner moved onward, enrolling…show more content…
are often beneficial to some individuals, other M.I. levels often lack or are not helpful to others. Personally, this idea pertains to Gardner’s existential theory of multiple intelligence, and how the overall thinking of it does not assist with my lifestyle. Existential intelligence, described by Leslie Owen Wilson, Ed. D., is understood as the progression in “conceptualizing or tackling deeper or larger questions about human existence” (Wilson 1). Along with this theory, one who excels in this M.I. develops questions about the bigger picture, and may even ask questions like “Why am I here” or even “Where do we go when we die”. This theory however does not pertain to myself, merely because of the unfamiliarity of it, as well as the lack of beneficial concepts that follow my logical process. Though, someone who would benefit from this M.I. may fall under an occupation as a historian, philosopher, or anyone who has a background with asking “big picture” styled questions. Since my personal M.I. has linked with musical and kinesthetic attributes, existential theories do not assist in my personal learning or real world situations. I would much rather play rhythmic scales that allow people to enjoy their surroundings, rather than question their historical

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