Triarchical Intelligence Theory



Triarchical Intelligence Theory states that there are three areas of intelligence: analytical, creative, and practical. According to this theory, each area of intelligence is independent of the others. The theory was proposed by Robert Sternberg.

Key Points

  • Theory of Triarchical Intelligence
    • Three intelligences (hence triarchical)
    • Intelligences are independent of each other 
    • Proposed by Robert Sternberg


For example, someone like a scientist may have very strong analytical abilities, but they may be poor at art (creative) or practical skills. On the other hand, a painter might have strong creative intelligence, but weak practical or analytical intelligence.