How well do you know yourself? How is your intrapersonal intelligence? Did you know that you can develop it?

What is intrapersonal intelligence? And is it something that we should develop in ourselves? Is it important for our children?  Intrapersonal intelligence is how well we understand ourselves. 

Managing emotions and bringing certain moods to the surface to achieve a goal is second nature. With strong intrapersonal intelligence you can be a pro at developing strategies, plans, critical analysis, and finding solutions to problems.


The biggest difference that you need is that interpersonal is between two or more people, and intrapersonal is between you and yourself. Both forms of communication are important, and are skills that need to be developed. They both fall under the C of communication, and are strengths to be improved upon or refined. 


These are just some examples of intrapersonal intelligence and where we see strengths. By no means is this a comprehensive list.

  • Imagination
  • Creativity
  • Rational or Logical Thought in order to develop strategy, plans, analysis and solutions to problems.
  • Emotion: Using or overcoming emotion
  • Discipline & Concentration: The ability to focus on work or study for an extended period of time.
  • Situational Awareness: being aware of what is around you and responding accordingly
  • Visual Thinking: including memories, possibilities, ideas and concepts. 
  • Spontaneity
  • Self-Direction
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Yes, you can. You can do self-reflection and work on yourself, or you can work with a therapist or life-coach. Can we help our children develop their intrapersonal intelligence? Yes, we can. We can give time to process and create. Setting goals and finding ways to achieve them is good. We can allow independent work. Also allow independent play. 

People with a strong intrapersonal intelligence have a deep awareness of their feelings, ideas, and goals. Students with this intelligence usually need time alone to process and create.


There are definitely different learning activities you can do to help your child develop their intrapersonal intelligence.

  • Write reflective papers on content-area topics or topics of interest
  • Keep a journal or log throughout the year
  • Draw your thoughts and feelings (especially good for younger children)
  • Write an essay or story from the perspective of historical figures, such as Civil War soldiers or suffragettes
  • Write a literary autobiography
  • Make a scrapbook for poems, papers, and reflections
  • Write goals for the future and plan ways to achieve them
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Don’t forget that you can also do tests like Strengths Finders, that are great for assisting you in knowing your strengths.

Here is the vlog on Knowing Your Child’s Strengths

Michayla Best

For over 30 years I have worked with children in a variety of capacities, whether as a teacher or tutor, a babysitter, a camp leader, or family advocate. I have always found a way to connect with children, to help them understand themselves and the world around.

I am Mummy to trinational twincesses who keep me on my toes with their questions, their commentaries, their shenanigans and acts of spontenudity.

Wife, world traveler, musician, crafting queen and self-proclaimed nerd; I love to take what I see, glean, know and help families to find their groove and be successful.

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