For this tenth episode of Club Bonheur, we had the pleasure of welcoming Christophe Bourgois-Costantini.
Writer, entrepreneur, speaker and professional coach, he talks to us today about the concept of multiple intelligences. A theory, which explains that each individual has up to 10 forms of intelligence. He then gives us his advice to recognize them, develop them and use them to live this period of deconfinement with peace.
Following a divorce, Christophe completely questioned himself. Quite a journey, which took him on the path of understanding and human functioning. Today, it has around 650 interviews, carried out with personalities from sport and business, such as François Pinault , Thierry Marx , Rafael Nadal and Fabrice Santoro .
Christophe wrote his works, not to create buzz, but for himself, as he explains to us, to understand what the keys to success of these people were.
Today, our entrepreneur is sure of something, the people who have succeeded are those who have relied on very distant intelligences. And now, his role is to bring them out in these personalities.
Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligence
Howard, an American developmental psychologist, detected 9 intelligences:
- Logical/mathematical intelligence: ability to calculate, measure, solve mathematical and scientific problems
- Bodily/Kinaesthetic intelligence: ability to use one's body
- Verbal/Linguistic intelligence: ability to use words
- Musical Intelligence/Rhythmic: ability to think in rhythms and melodies
- Naturalist intelligence: particular sensitivity to living things
- Existential intelligence: ability to question the origin and meaning of things
- Intrapersonal intelligence: ability to decipher one's own emotions
- Interpersonal intelligence: ability to act and react with others
- Spatial intelligence: ability to have a spatial representation of the world and things
Following this, Christophe told us about his interview with Rafael Nadal. After listening to him and questioning him about his childhood, he discovered that Rafael's grandfather was a violinist. Which explains why he uses musical/rhythmic intelligence during his matches. The “King of clay” doesn't just look at the ball, he listens to it in rhythm, to center it well and hear his opponent's steps.
A tenth form of intelligence?
Christophe affirms that we all come into the world with 10 intelligences, housed in our brain. School, parental pressure, our culture, means that we forget these intelligences. “Very often, people forgot who they were,” Christophe tells us.
Our writer then adds to these 9 intelligences, a tenth, the intelligence of time . How do I approach time? Why do I procrastinate? Why always be in the distant past or in the distant future? “We must live every second, every minute”!
The link between different intelligences
Once we have cultivated a first intelligence, the others correlate with each other. Christophe then takes the example of cooking. When cooking, it is first of all spatial intelligence, how to arrange, then naturalistic in choosing the products, then time, with al dente cooking, kinesthetic in cutting the ingredients and finally relational in inviting people to dine at home. Indeed, on one act a lot of intelligence can be put into place.
Christophe's advice for calming down:
- Go there gradually! Getting used to the noise again, the faster pace of time, facing fear again, etc.
- For those who managed to develop intelligence during confinement, we must continue like this. And for those who didn't succeed, take the time to do it.
- Get the body moving again
- Give yourself time
- Reconnect with nature, go to parks
- Promote short circuits
- Note what we managed to do well during this confinement
- Live time and not perceive it!
- Build ourselves in the middle of the two experiences that we have had, before and during and adapt according to that.
To finish, our guest played the “ Tonic Quiz ” (Quick Questions – Quick Answers). Here are his tips and recommendations:
A book to recommend : “ What Is ”, by Tony Parsons”
A place to be smart : Your kitchen
A phrase to repeat : “He who says who is there”
A smart food : The carrot
An activity that makes you think : All, as long as you take the trouble to understand!
The next person to interview : Sabine Grégoire, Occupational Psychologist
- One last piece of advice : “Be proud of who you are, the greatest joy is discovering what we are again, again and again”
If you liked this episode, find Christophe's advice through his first book “ You are ten times more intelligent than you imagine ” published by First, on his blog , and also his YouTube channel .
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