By: Heidi Ingram
This post is part of a series focusing on Multiple Intelligences.
The ability to perceive and make distinctions in the moods, intentions, motivations, and feelings of other people (e.g., as a teacher, politician, actor, or philanthropist). The ability to process information both verbally and nonverbally through interpretation of all forms of dance, hand gestures, body movements, and music
(e.g., as a dancer, mime, actor, or musician). This intelligence operates primarily through person-to person relationships and
From an infant's bonding with his parents to the meaningful relationships with others outside the family, the ability to understand other people and their actions, moods, and feelings develops as young children deal with person-to-person relationships and communication. The learning environment should provide opportunities for children to relate to others by cooperatively participating, sharing, negotiating, and communicating in groups or with individuals. Children who show interpersonal abilities learn through listening, cooperating in shared projects, demonstrating leadership skills, seeing things from other perspectives and organizing and negotiating group activities.
Interpersonal intelligence focuses on the ability to recognize and distinguish the moods, intentions, and motivations of other individuals. These children often emerge as leaders and organizers. They are sensitive to the needs and desires of others. Young children with interpersonal talent:
· interact easily with both children and adults
· are sought out by other children for play
· are able to enter an already-playing group of children and be accepted
· can influence other children toward their goals (positive or negative)
· understand cause-and -effect as it relates to behavior and consequences
· recognize when their behavior yields certain predictable results
· can take another child's perspective
· are better at resolving conflicts and negotiating disagreements
· can motivate and organize peers toward their goals (positive or negative)
· have strong leadership abilities
· have a sense of justice and fair play for themselves and others
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