Visual Spatial 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.

Visual Spatial Intelligence is the inner quality of individual that helps focus on the skills of understanding the space around and interpreting objects. This is the basic quality of being a good transcriber and creator of visual objects. 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 visual world with place and shapes. They are keen users of drawing, painting and colors. Persons with strong Visual Spatial Intelligence are good at working with map, chart and images. They are eventually good at interpreting the visual perspective of distances and creating new designs.

People with strong Visual Spatial Intelligence are very good in:

Thinking about content of picture

Developing Shapes by objects and colors

Remembering things with the help of images

Drawing and Painting pictures

Understanding Maps and Charts

Solving problems with distances

Studying metaphors


Professionally, these people are usually Architect, Painter, Visual Artiste, Driver, Pilot, Statistician, Macro-Economist, Civil Engineer, Land Developer, Set Designer etc.


Claude Monet, a founder of French Impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.


Fazlur Rahman Khan (3 April 1929 – 27 March 1982), a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect, who initiated important structural systems for skyscrapers.


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

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