Click here to read a few things about meSelf-Estimated Inventory (Draft Version)  March 19, 2002
by Clifford Morris

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Updated on Saturday, 21 February, 2009 


For some years, I have been field-testing a self-estimated inventory based, in the main, around the Theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) as theorized by Howard Gardner.  Before taking you to the inventory, here is my overview of our different intelligences.

Since the earliest of times, philosophical viewpoints as to the scope of human intelligences have been polarized from those who hypothesize our intelligence as a static and singular general capacity, or 'g', for short, to those who advocate a pluralistic model of our cerebral competencies.  For most of the past century, the study of human intelligence was, in the main, (and incorrectly) focused on the former -- the adaptive use of a general cognitive potential.  This narrow traditional perspective of our many smarts meant that intelligence could only be profiled via the mainstream (Jean) Piagetian model of logical-mathematical comprehension.

Unlike most of the other self-reflective MI inventories on the market today, I believe that a more accurate profile of our intelligences can best be determined by external examiners who possess reliable and valid ways of measuring how well we utilize all of our cognitive capabilities.  The research investigation behind the top title represents an initial step in that direction.  My longitudinal study calls into question this outdated unitary g-type model of intelligence and fosters, instead, a more pluralistic approach to our cognitive capacities.  The theoretical base for my study stems from the Multiple Intelligences (MI) theory developed by Howard E. Gardner, a psychologist at Harvard University.  For more than thirty (30) years, Gardner's research has focused on the nature of human intelligence, the nature of and development of abilities in the arts and how they relate to and reflect intelligence and on educational processes.  For some years, he conducted research on symbol-using capacities in normal and gifted children, and in adults who had experienced brain damage.

Through his efforts to bring these two areas of work together, he developed his MI theory, which he introduced formally, in 1983, in Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences.  Drawing on research in neuropsychology, Gardner proposed that all humans were equipped with distinct and multiple types of intelligence; each intelligence being based in a different region of the brain.  Now, intelligence was not simply a general factor that underlay different abilities -- the predominant belief upon which most intelligence tests had been (and, for the most part, continue to be) based.

To validate this MI study, I continue to seek research subjects.  If you wish to be one of those subjects, click here.


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