Two Worlds in One Person: Giftedness and Spirituality

Kirsi Tirri

In this paper we present the latest version of the Multiple Intelligences Profiling Questionnaire (MIPQ III) (Tirri & Nokelainen, 2008), based on Howard Gardner’s (e.g., 1983, 1999) MI theory. The operationalization of nine MI scales is tested with an empirical sample of Finnish preadolescents and adults (n = 410). Results of the inter-scale correlation analysis show that (1) logical-mathematical intelligence correlates positively with spatial intelligence; (2) linguistic intelligence correlates positively with intrapersonal intelligence; (3) linguistic and intrapersonal scales correlate positively with spiritual and environmental intelligences. Results of the correlation analysis between gender, age and the MI scales show that (1) males in both samples have higher self-rated logical-mathematical intelligence than females; (2) females rate their linguistic abilities higher than males.

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