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Does your child notice how other people are feeling? Is he empathetic, and can he relate to others easily? Does she have strong communication skills?

In this installment of my series on Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, we’re going to explore the interpersonal intelligence and how to identify it in yourself and others.

Interpersonal, meaning “between people”, is all about how people relate to and interact with one another. This goes beyond basic conversation and people skills — people-smart learners are good at “reading” others’ emotions and understanding their motivations and desires. They are acutely aware of body language and facial expressions, and can use that information to read between the lines and hear what may not be said aloud. 

Those with a strong interpersonal intelligence are skilled at working and communicating with others, which gives them a distinct advantage when it comes to conflict resolution and forming strong relationships. They have a knack for finding balanced compromises, and are good at interacting with, relating to and getting along with others. These skills demonstrate potential for effective leadership. The good news? Everybody can strengthen their interpersonal skills.

*Parts of this post are taken from The Everything Parent’s Guide to Raising Mindful Children (Adams Media), a book I authored along with partner Jeremy Wardle. Order your copy here!

Want to learn activities you can do at home to strengthen your child’s interpersonal intelligence?

Stay tuned for the next post in this series! 

Want to catch up? Read these earlier posts from the Multiple Intelligence series:

  1. Multiple Intelligences: An Overview For Parents (p.1)
  2. Multiple Intelligences: An Overview For Parents (p.2)
  3. The Linguistic Intelligence: How to Identify Word-Smart Learners
  4. Cultivate Your Linguistic Intelligence: Activities for Word-Smart Learners
  5. The Logical-Mathematical Intelligence: What Is A Logic-Smart Learner?
  6. Activities to Strengthen Your Child’s Logic-Smarts
  7. What is the Naturalist Intelligence?
  8. 6 Activities to Strengthen Your Child’s Nature-Smarts
  9. The Spatial Intelligence: How to Identify Picture-Smart Learners
  10. 5 Activities to Strengthen Your Child’s Spatial Intelligence
  11. The Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence: How to Identify Body-Smart Learners
  12. 5 Activities that Strengthen Children’s Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence
  13. The Musical Intelligence: How to Identify Music-Smart Learners
  14. 5 Activities to Strengthen Your Child’s Music Smarts
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