Does your child enjoy doing things on his own? Does she spend a fair amount of time thinking and reflecting on her own feelings and actions, or those of other people? Is he drawn to creative forms of self-expression?

The word ‘intrapersonal’ means “within oneself, on the inside”. In this installment of my series on Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, we’re going to explore this intelligence and how to identify it in yourself and others.


Self-smart learners have a strong awareness of their own thoughts, feelings, ideas, motivations and goals. They are reflective individuals interested in personal expression. Although intrapersonal learners are very empathetic, they don’t always express it and are often more comfortable working on their own.

Self-smart people are skilled at identifying their own strengths and weaknesses. They enjoy planning and setting goals, and often need time to be alone to process their experiences and/or for creative expression.

Watch this fast & informative video about the Intrapersonal Intelligence:

*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 intrapersonal 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
  15. People-Smart: The Interpersonal Intelligence
  16. 5 Activities That Develop Children’s People-Smarts
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