The Smarts #10 - Logic Smart: The Power Of Reasoning

The Smarts #10

Today I’ll continue the series about the 8 great smarts with information about being LOGIC smart. You can read more in my book, 8 Great Smarts: Discover and Nurture Your Childs’ Intelligences, including how to strengthen this smart, and how it relates to learning, relationships, careers, character, and spiritual growth.

Logic Smart: The Power Of Reasoning

Logic-smart children think with questions. When they’re excited, they ask more questions. They need things worth thinking about, things to make sense, and all their questions accepted. They get joy from solving intellectual puzzles and figuring things out. Reasoning is their power.

These children probably demonstrated common sense at a young age. Their strengths are rooted in thinking, and they might admit to thinking just for fun. This is definitely true of me. If friends ask “Do you want to have fun?” I can easily answer “Sure, what would you like to think about?” Because I know not everyone finds thinking fun, and small talk often satisfies others, I can choose to not verbalize all the questions that come to my mind while talking with friends at dinner or in the church lobby.

My great-aunt Ola liked thinking for fun and definitely noticed when things didn’t make sense. She analyzed television commercials and after an ad for a brand of baking soda, I remember her laughing and laughing. The spokesperson was encouraging people

to use baking soda to freshen the drain, so she directed, “Pour the box down the drain.” Aunt Ola loved pointing out how that made no sense. “You can’t pour the box down the drain!”

Children who are logic smart feel most secure when things make sense. Because this is their need, and they don’t like to be confused, they may often ask “Why?” You may interpret these “Why?” questions as defiance, and they sometimes can be. But logic-smart children genuinely want to know why you don’t want them to run in the backyard, why they’re going to visit their cousins, or why you’re serving spaghetti for dinner. Paralysis can certainly set in if you regularly answer their “Why?” questions with statements such as, “Don’t bother me now” and “I’ll tell you if you need to know.”

Children with logic-smart strengths usually dive right in and explore new ideas. They can brainstorm questions easily, even helping parents think through vacation plans or other major decisions. Thinking isn’t risky especially when they know the people they’re with and they’ve proven to be trustworthy in the past.

These children might design systems and procedures for a school club or keep statistics for their school’s volleyball or basketball teams. Their ability to reason things through will help them be effective team leaders, perhaps for a church youth group. (Remember that intelligences don’t work alone. Logic-smart children will be more effective leaders when they also have people-smart strengths.)

Thinking is so important to these children that if they’re not kept challenged and engaged, they’ll find something on their own to think about and analyze. For example, they may try taking apart color markers to determine why and how they work on only one type of paper. Do you understand why I often say bored logic smart children can be dangerous?

Logic-smart children can also be dangerous when they’re thinking! For instance, if you or your son’s science teacher says, “Don’t put those things in the bowl yet,” how might your logic smart son respond? Have you heard him ask, “Why not? What might happen?” If not, it’s very possible he thought it and just didn’t ask it out loud.

Before anyone realizes it, has your son put everything in the bowl to see what happens? Something will happen! Your response can either paralyze the logic-smart part of his mind or expand and develop it further. It’s okay to respond, because he was disobedient, but can you picture and even hear in your mind a response that could shut down his logic-smart thinking and one that would honor and strengthen it?

From 8 Great Smarts, by Kathy Koch, PhD, (Moody Publishers, 2016), pages 76-78.

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Who do you know who is logic smart? Affirm these people. If you think they put others down because traditional learning is easier for them since questions are used so often in school, make sure to talk with them about their attitudes and how those others are smart, too. How could you help them benefit others because they’re logic smart? Talk with them.