Sherlock Unlocked

I read THIS article, of which the following part caught my attention:

To give the reader a better feel for the differences in thinking among the three ability levels, imagine the three detectives from Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes: Inspector Lestrade, Dr.Watson and Sherlock Holmes himself. Analytical Inspector Lestrade would solve the case step by step with concrete evidence. Dr. Watson would appreciate clues which had obvious and non-obvious connections to one another and synthesize abstract clues. Sherlock Holmes would find and generate clues which he could hypothetically integrate to solve a crime. Holmes was an interesting mixture of brilliant analytical skills and synthetic ability which enabled him to perceive the minutest details, assign proper weight to each, and to integrate these into a large-scale picture of the entire situation. For us, Inspector Lestrade is of normal intellectual ability, Dr. Watson is of the moderately gifted level, and Holmes is extremely gifted.

And that got me into watching the two movies (2009 and 2011) with Robert Downey Jr. playing Sherlock Holmes, and the BBC series Sherlock, with Benedict Cumberbatch as the great detective. I had never before read anything about Sherlock Holmes, but I was immediately hooked. His remarks, his actions, his way of thinking, his intuition, his clairvoyance, the speed of his thinking,… It is so recognizable to me! Yes, I am also extremely gifted. And no, that doesn’t mean that everything comes easy to me.

A small comparison between normal IQ, gifted, and extremely gifted:



Being gifted doesn’t mean you don’t have to work to excell, on the contrary. Extremely gifted people very often feel misunderstood. They do everything in a different way, and not as they are supposed to do. They have to fight very hard to prove their ways and theories right. They have very little in common with normal ability people, but because those are the mayority, gifted people (not only the extreme ones) are asked to adapt (or do it without realizing). But it is a bit like the story of the ugly duckling: no matter how hard he tries to be a normal duckling, he’s stil recognized as the odd one out, and everybody just turns his back on him.

Finding out I am that ‘odd one out’ was quite comforting for me. It was the confirmation of the feeling that I really am different from everyone else. I somehow found the motivation to keep living, thinking, and working in my own special way, in the hope that someday I will get recognition. It is not always easy to hold your ground when nobody seems to have faith in you. Some days I’m so depressed I think that maybe I’m wrong after all, and I’m not special at all; that I can’t do anything right. I keep thinking that before I had less sad days, but in the end, there are still many good days, and they are even better than before, more natural. I decided that in my own life I won’t adapt anymore (only in superficial social relationships), make myself believe that I’m just like anyone else. Because I’m not. I’m like Sherlock Holmes.

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Theory of multiple intelligences

Howard Gardner developed the concept of multiple intelligences, where he states that each person is in posses of some of the 8 intelligences. Your strongest developed intelligences define how you learn something, how you solve problems and what the type of questions you come up with are, what type of creativity you have to give to society. In total there are 8 types of intelligences, which not only include the usual intelligences tested on an IQ-test, but also for example musical intelligence.

If you define for yourself which of your intelligences are strongest developed, you can use them to give you energy and to accomplish something. You might even focus on the development of your least developed intelligences. Although intelligence ins’t something that can increase, you can train it, so you are more confident in using that particular intelligence.

Verbal-linguistic intelligence or word smart. You are ‘good with words’, you use language (spoken or written) to get to a goal. You learn new languages quite easily. You enjoy reading, writing, word games.

Logical-mathematical intelligence or number smart. You are able to use logic to analyse and solve problems and to think critically. You are good with mathematical operations and scientific research. You see the logic behind a system.

Visual-spatial intelligence or picture smart. You are good at recognizing forms and patterns and using them both two- and three-dimensional. You are strong at reading maps and interpreting graphs. You might also be a visual thinker, meaning you think in images and not in words.

Bodily-kinaesthetic intelligence or body smart. You use your body to solve a problem or to create something. You feel more at ease moving around when studying something.

Musical-rhythmic intelligence or music smart. You are good at performing, creating, or appreciating music. You have a good ‘feel’ for music and rhythm.

Naturalistic intelligence or nature smart. You are sensitive to the rhythm of the day and the seasons. You understand patterns in nature. You enjoy learning about flora and fauna.

Interpersonal intelligence or people smart. You are empathic and intuitive when it comes to ‘guessing’ other peoples emotions and desires. You feel stronger when working with other people.

Intrapersonal intelligence or myself smart. You have self-insight, you analyse your own character. You are aware of your desires, fears, and capacities and you use this information to live your life the best possible way.

I found a webpage where you can test which are your strongest intelligences. Even though I didn’t completely agree with their descriptions of the different intelligences, the chart I get as a result is more or less as I would have put it. Ther are some questions missing according to me (which is one of the reasons I don’t agree completely with the results), concerning language learning, intuition/empathy, seeing the logic in systems and sensitivity to the rhythm of the seasons.

Multiple intelligences

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