What is Intrapersonal Intelligence and how can I develop it?

Intrapersonal intelligence is defined as the ability to form a clear perception of oneself and to organise one’s life; it is self-awareness and self-understanding. This means that a person who has adequately developed this form of intelligence knows their inner self, which affects how they think, feel and act.

What skills can be developed with intrapersonal intelligence?

Correctly developing Intrapersonal Intelligence is associated with the development of three emotional skills: emotional self-awareness, self-regulation and motivation, each one of them with their own practical skills.

  • Self-awareness: This is the ability to know what is going on in one’s body and what they are feeling. Practical skills that can be developed include:
    • Emotional awareness
    • Self-assessment
    • Self-confidence
  • Self-regulation: This is the ability to regulate one’s emotions and/or adjust mood and reactions. Practical skills include:
    • Self-control
    • Reliability
    • Integrity
    • Adaptability
    • Innovation
  • Motivation: This is the ability to motivate oneself and others. Practical skills include:
    • Achievement
    • Commitment
    • Initiative
    • Optimism

Working with your emotions and feelings, knowing and understanding how to distinguish situations that cause certain feelings, detecting patterns… are all methods of developing intrapersonal intelligence. It is helpful to first understand emotions in order to better understand how you react to them.

Some recommendations for improving practical skills for intrapersonal intelligence

Some recommendations for improving emotional self-awareness:

  • Keep a journal where every day you write down what you feel and possible causes and consequences. This helps to be more aware of what you are feeling and why.
  • When you feel an emotion excessively (like anger), count to 10 so that you can analyse what may have caused this to such a high degree. If you pause, it is much easier to choose your reaction to any situation.
  • Create a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis in the same way as you would develop a business idea. The inner part shows strengths and weaknesses while the outer part shows what can harm or help us in line with objectives.

Some recommendations to improve emotional self-regulation:

  • Spend time examining your beliefs and values as these influence your emotions, to be able to understand what your priorities are when acting and making decisions.
  • Responsibly face the mistakes made and their consequences.
  • Get ahead of difficult situations by working on possible reactions for different scenarios. The goal is to be able to show emotions appropriately when the time comes.
  • Keep a positive attitude.
  • Do not take on more than you can handle.
  • Avoid isolating others and look for communication with other co-workers.
  • Avoid thoughts that lead to feeling tension or stress.
  • Do activities that develop emotional well-being like yoga, relaxation, mindfulness, etc.

Some recommendations for improving personal motivation:

  • Analyse personal objectives that lead us to do what we do. It is important to know the reason behind our actions.
  • Facing each situation that poses a challenge or each mistake made, it is important to find at least one positive or good point, as these situations tend to lead to pessimistic thinking.

Intrapersonal Intelligence is fundamental for psychologists, coaches, counsellors, professionals that help others, theologians, philosophers and business men and women. If you practice any of these professions, know someone close to you who does or are interested in any of these topics we would love to hear your opinion. Leave a COMMENT below!


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