Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

This is one of the nine intelligences recognized in the Multiple Intelligence (MI) Theory, which was first introduced by Harvard University Professor Dr. Howard Gardner in 1983. Read my article Multiple Intelligence Theory for more on this.

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence is the inner quality of individual that helps focus on the skills of working with bodily movements and physical objects. This is the basic quality of being a good physique and physical worker. Every individual has unique set of qualities with a certain combination of all nine intelligences. The people with the strong presence of this intelligence are sensitive to body movements and skilful works with objects. They are keen makers of structures and shapes. Persons with strong Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence are good at sports, industrial productions and handicrafts. They are eventually good at doing things rather than listening or seeing.

People with strong Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence are very good in:

Playing sports and games

Using Limbs for working with objects

Touching and Holding things

Producing goods and handicrafts

Learning by Participating

Doing things rather than listening or seeing

Studying dance or physical exercises


Professionally, these people are usually Player, Dancer, Sportsman, Athlete, Factory Labor, Cleaning Worker, Plumber, Construction Worker, Physical Instructor, Gymnast, Choreographer etc.


Edson Arantes do Nascimento known as Pelé, a Brazilian footballer born in 1940 who is widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time.


Uday Shankar (1942-1977), an Indian dancer and choreographer, best known for creating a fusion style of dance, adapting European theatrical techniques to Indian classical dance.


Please follow my other articles on specific intelligence for extensive details on Verbal Linguistic Intelligence, Logical-Mathematical Intelligence, Visual Spatial Intelligence, Musical Intelligence, Interpersonal Intelligence, Intrapersonal Intelligence, Naturalist Intelligence, and Existentialist Intelligence.

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