The triarchic theory of successful intelligence represents a way of understanding intelligence in broader terms than is the case for traditional theories of intelligence. The theory is called “triarchic” because, as explained in this entry, it has three parts, or subtheories. The theory views intelligence as a synthesis of analytical, creative, and practical skills.

Defining Intelligence

Intelligence is the ability to achieve success in life as defined by one's personal standards, within one's life context. The field of intelligence has, for the most part, produced tests that stress the academic aspect of intelligence, as one might expect, given the origins of modern intelligence testing in Alfred Binet and Theodore Simon's work at the beginning of the 20th century in designing an instrument that would distinguish children ...

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