In Latin it is where the etymological origin of the intrapersonal term that now occupies us is found. Specifically, it must be stated that it is the result of the union of several lexical components of said language:
-The prefix “intra-”, which means “within”.
-The noun “person”, which can be translated as “human being”, “man” or “woman”.
-The suffix “-al”, which is used to indicate “relative to”.
The American psychologist and researcher Howard Gardner was the one who devised the Theory of multiple intelligences. According to this specialist of the Harvard University, the intelligence It is made up of various specific abilities: therefore, we can speak of different types or classes of intelligence.
Between them, Gardner recognizes the Intrapersonal intelligence. This is how he calls the ability that allows a person know herself and understand their own way of acting, feeling and thinking.
Intrapersonal intelligence, therefore, is a capacity that is linked to self-knowledge. Through this intelligence, a human being you can operate on your own psyche according to your needs and interests.
By understanding how external stimuli affect their way of being and their state of mind, a subject can define their conduct towards certain objectives. Intrapersonal intelligence allows us to know how the mind works and take advantage of that knowledge when acting.
It should be noted that the resources provided by intrapersonal intelligence are very important for control anxiety, reduce anger, and maintain self-control, for instance. Intrapersonal intelligence should not be confused with intelligence interpersonal, associated with the discovery and interpretation of the intentions and desires of others. While intrapersonal intelligence aims at self-knowledge, interpersonal intelligence is oriented towards others.
No less important, in addition to all the above, is that it is considered that certain measures can be carried out in order to improve our intrapersonal intelligence. Specifically, we are referring to the following:
-Start to practice mindfulness or meditation.
-Think about the best way that exists to use that knowledge that we have of ourselves to be able to reach new goals in our life.
-Carrying a periodic evaluation of the objectives that we are achieving.
-Maintaining at all times a reflective attitude about ourselves and the world around us.
-Writing a diary, in order to know the steps we are taking.
-Of course, another good measure to improve our intrapersonal intelligence is by being self-critical.
To these measures you can add others such as reflecting on the skills and qualities you have and even thinking about all the aspects in which you can improve significantly.
No less interesting is knowing that intrapersonal intelligence is considered to help us improve other aspects of our life, such as increasing our self-esteem or the knowledge we have of the world around us.
“My intrapersonal intelligence”Finally, it is the title of a song by the Argentine band of rock Intoxicated. The song is part of “Good day”, the group’s first album, which was released on 2001.