I’ve played the party game Charades more in the past few days than I’ve played it in the last 30 years.
Trying to get people to guess a movie, song or book title; a phrase; a person’s name; or an idea can be incredibly frustrating…and tons-o-fun!
Using hand motions, facial expressions, sounds (not allowed in some versions) and body language to convey words and ideas is a type of language. We do it all the time in our everyday life and don’t usually realize it.
In 1983, Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner wrote Frames of Mind and said that humans have seven types of intelligence. Kinesthetic intelligence is the ability to make your body do things other people might not be able to accomplish.
When sportcasters said, “Michael Jordan is a genius tonight!” they weren’t talking about his grades as a geography major at UNC-Chapel Hill. They were noting his ability to make his body do things beyond what the average person could do.
I think Charades shows a type of kinesthetic intelligence. Your ability to make connections between words and ideas and bodily movement is a type of intelligence. Some people are great at it, as I’ve seen during the games I participated in, and some people’s attempts are simply…hilarious.
If, like me, you haven’t played Charades in awhile, try it this weekend.