Triarchic Intelligence

The exact nature of intelligence is under constant scrutiny in psychologists’ efforts to better understand the human intellect. A theory that describes the nature of intelligence must be founded upon the actual workings of the mind and the intellect’s relationship to any stimulus encountered. Robert Sternberg’s theory of triarchic intelligence is a true representation of the nature of intelligence. The theory proposes that analytical, creative, and practical abilities constitute intelligence, and that these three abilities work together, when dealing with the person’s internal world, experiences, and environment. Sternberg’s theory also encompasses three components of information processing, in the forms of metacomponents, performance components, and knowledge-acquisition components. Each component depends on the others to resolve problems. By focusing on more than one aspect of intelligence or independent variable of life, the triarchic theory conveys the nature of intelligence.


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