In 1983, Prof Howard Gardner, in his book Frames of Mind, proposed eight intelligences namely naturalistic, bodily-kinaesthetic, visual-spatial, logical-mathematical, verbal-linguistic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and musical. He promoted the idea that everyone has degrees of ability in all the various intelligences, and each can be developed.
The idea of applying Multiple Intelligences in coaching first came to Barney Wee in 2011 when he realised that many of his “Aha!” moments in coaching occurred while doing something that wasn’t related to the issues; while feeling a particular emotion or while aligning to a higher purpose. By coaching the whole person, harnessing the intelligences of our mind (IQ), body (PQ), heart (EQ) and connection to something bigger than ourselves (SQ), we can then develop our full potential.
In 2013, using the most advanced scanning technologies in the field of alexithymics, Japanese researchers Michiko Kano and Shin Fukudo made a discovery that physical and emotional states share the same neural pathways. From these, it is agreed that when people become more aware of their emotions simply by gaining awareness of their body, it can greatly help one to tap into the intelligence of their emotions.