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Interpersonal Intelligence

January 5, 2017

This type of intelligence is considered as the “social” one. It enables you to understand interactions between people, find your place in the circle of friends, in a classroom, at workshops and even successfully mingle at a party. Good interpersonal intelligence helps us being very well aware of other peoples’ feelings, emotions, goals and motivations.

People with interpersonal intelligence often:

  1. Work well with others

  2. Are skilled verbal and nonverbal communicators

  3. Enjoy being around others

  4. Are natural leaders among peers and groups

  5. Have good problem solving skills

  6. Are empathetic

  7. Are good at socializing with others and enjoy discussion

  8. Can examine a situation from multiple points of view

  9. Easily form strong, positive relationships with others

  10. Are able to influence the opinions and actions of others

Humans are social creatures by nature. This type of intelligence is learned though every day socializing processes and it may be easily advanced, even with less effort than the other existing intelligences. If you dislike small-talks, engaging with new people or working in teams, keep in mind developing more understanding towards others can help big ideas become reality. Martin Luther King and Aristotle are an example of individuals with strongly developed interpersonal intelligence. They had dreams and visions, and on top of it were amazing communicators and motivators! See how far good interpersonal skills can take you!


 “The core capacity here is the ability to notice and make distinctions among other individuals and, in particular, among their moods, temperaments, motivations, and intentions… Interpersonal knowledge permits a skilled adult to read the intentions and desires- even when these have been hidden-of many other individuals and, potentially, to act upon this knowledge-for example, by influencing a group of disparate individuals to behave along desired lines. We see highly developed forms of interpersonal intelligence in political and religious leaders… in skilled parents and teachers, and in individuals enrolled in the helping professions, be they therapists, counselors, or shamans.” (Gardner 1983:240)


We also encourage you to do some research on this topic. TED-talks are a good place to start!

Stay curious, stay connected! #EEIY2017

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