Saturday, December 22, 2012

Multiple Intelligences and Career paths

A Chef. An Air force Pilot. Astronaut. Soccer player. Rock Star. An Artist !

These are just some of the answers you may get when you ask your child, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” You may think they are sweet to share with your family and friends, but your child’s response could be telling you something important about the way he or she learns and what type of ‘Multiple Intelligences’ he or she has.

So what are Multiple Intelligences anyway? Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University, developed the theory of Multiple Intelligences in 1983 to help educators, psychologists and parenting experts better understand how children process and learn information.

What Intelligence(s) does your child possess?
The following are descriptions of Gardner’s eight Multiple Intelligence (s), along with tips on how you can help your child stretch his or her areas of strength:

Linguistic Intelligence (Word Smart).
This child focuses in school, enjoys reading, has an extensive vocabulary, prefers English or Social Studies over math and science, learns a foreign language with ease, is a good speller and writer, likes rhymes and puns, and communicates his thoughts well.

Tip: Encourage him to discuss books he has read with you, play word or board games, prepare speeches or enroll in drama classes. Possible career paths: poet, journalist, teacher, or lawyer

Logical-Mathematical Intelligence (Number/Reasoning Smart). This child is curious about how things work, loves numbers and math (especially if he can do it in his head), enjoys strategy games like chess, checkers, brain teasers or logic puzzles, likes experiments, is interested in natural history museums, and likes computers.

Tip: Encourage her to solve various kinds of puzzles, provide her with games like checkers, chess or backgammon, let her figure things out and encourage her to ask questions. Possible career paths: scientist, engineer, researcher, or accountant.

Spatial Intelligence (Picture Smart). This child easily leans to read and understands charts and maps, daydreams often, is skilled at drawing, doodling and creating 3-D sculptures, enjoys movies, and likes taking things apart and putting them back together.

Tip: Provide opportunities to paint, color, design. Give him puzzles and 3-D activities like solving mazes, challenge his creativity, and encourage him to design buildings or clothing. Possible career paths: sculptor, mechanic, architect, or interior designer.

Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence (Body Smart). This child excels in more than one sport, taps or moves when required to sit still, can mimic other’s body movements/gestures, likes to touch objects, enjoys physical activities and has excellent fine-motor coordination.

Tip: Encourage participation in school and extracurricular sports/teams. Provide blocks. Encourage fine-motor ability (teach her to build paper airplanes, create origami, or try knitting). Enroll her in dance class. Possible career paths: dancer, firefighter, surgeon, actor, or athlete.

Musical Intelligence (Music Smart). This child can tell you when music is off-key and easily remember melodies. He has a pleasant singing voice, shows aptitude with musical instruments, speaks or moves in a rhythmical way, hums or whistles to himself, and may show sensitivity to surrounding noises.

Tip: Encourage him to play an instrument, write songs, join school bands or choirs, or study folk dancing from other countries. Possible career paths: musician, singer, or composer.

Interpersonal Intelligence (People Smart). This child enjoys socializing with friends, is a natural leader, is caring, helps friends solve problems, is street-smart and understands feelings from facial expressions, gestures and voice.

Tip: Encourage collaborative activities with friends inside and outside of school, expose her to multi-cultural books and experiences, encourage dramatic activities and role playing, help her learn to negotiate and share. Possible career paths: counselor, therapist, politician, salesman, or teacher.

Intrapersonal Intelligence (Self-Smart). This child shows a sense of independence, knows his abilities and weaknesses, and does well when left alone to play or study. He has a hobby or interest he doesn’t talk about much, is self-directed, has high self-esteem, and learns from failures and successes.

Tip: Help him set goals and realize the steps to get there, encourage independent projects and journal writing, help him find quiet places for reflection and appreciate his differences. Possible career paths: philosopher, professor, teacher, or researcher.

Naturalist Intelligence (Nature Smart). This child talks about favorite pets or outdoor spots, enjoys nature preserves and the zoo, and has a strong connection to the outside world. She likes to play outdoors, collects bugs, flowers and leaves, and is interested in biology, astronomy, meteorology or zoology.

Tip: Take her to science museums, exhibits and zoos. Encourage her to create observation notebooks, ant farms, bug homes, and leaf collections. Involve her in the care of pets, wildlife, and gardens. Make binoculars and telescopes available to her. Possible career paths: animal activist, biologist, astronomer, or veterinarian.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dermatoglyphics is a Science and Not Astrology !

The scientific study of papillary ridges of the hands and feet is credited as the beginning with the work of Joannes Evangelista Purkinje in 1823. William Herschel (1858) was the first to experiment with fingerprints in India .Sir Francis Galton (1892) conducted extensive research on the significance of skin ridge patterns, not only to demonstrate their permanence but also their use as a means of identification.

In 1892, Galton published the book “Fingerprints” and in doing so, significantly advanced the science of
fingerprint identification.

Sir Edward Henry (1893) published the book 'The classification and uses of fingerprints" which established the modern era of finger print identification, which is now the basis for most of the other classification systems.Charles Midlo M D (1929) together with others published one of the most widely referred book "Fingerprints, Palms and soles", a bible in the field of Dermatoglyphics.

Penrose L S (1945), inspired by the works of Cummins and Midlo, conducted his own dermatoglyphic
investigations as a further aspect of his research into Down's syndrome and other congenital medical disorders.

Schaumann and Alter's (1976) published a book 'Dermatoglyphics in Medical disorders' which summarizes the findings of dermatoglyphic patterns in various disease conditions (1). Engler et al (1982) conducted a study on patients with breast cancer and concluded that the presence of six or more whorls on the fingertips of a person provided a high risk for breast cancer.

The current state of medical dermatoglyphics is such, that the diagnosis of some illnesses can now be done on the basis of dermatoglyphic analysis alone and currently, several dermatoglyphic researches claim a very high degree of accuracy in their prognostic ability from the hand features.

Source credits- International Journal of Pharma and Bio-sciences

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Reading: A great habit for children to inculcate

History is full of great leaders who were avid readers and writers. For example, Winston Churchill received his Nobel prize for literature, not peace ! The leadership benefits of reading are wide-ranging. Evidence suggests reading can improve intelligence and lead to innovation and insight. 

Reading — whether Wikipedia, Michael Lewis, or Aristotle — is one of the quickest ways to acquire and assimilate new information. Reading can also make you more effective in leading others. Reading increases verbal intelligence, making a leader a more adept and articulate communicator.  Reading novels can improve empathy and understanding of social cues, allowing a leader to better work with and understand others
Finally, an active literary life can make you more personally effective by keeping you relaxed and improving health.

Today, reading has declined amongst adult Americans. India and China are seeing improvement in literacy rates, but that literacy may not translate into more or deeper reading. 

While inculcating all the good habits, a parent should emphasize the importance of reading and writing to their children. It can not only help in the enhancement of their multiple intelligences but also keep them relaxed and improve health (can help reduce the time spent in TV viewing, gaming)

How can parents help their kids make reading a habit ? Here are few tips:

- Join a reading group - find a pool of friends who read or want to read regularly

- Variety - Buy books from 'Crosswords' of the world on different subjects..could range from Geronimo to Archies to Hardy boys to Science quizes...

- Encourage your child to tell you what they learnt or liked in the book they read 

- Get the school teacher to encourage students to read in and outside school (if the teacher is not already doing it)

Reading is an essential component of personality and intelligence development. Earlier, one inculcates this habit, faster will be the progress. 
As they say, Book, is man's best friend !

Friday, August 17, 2012

Parenting dilemma: How well do I know my child ?

A parent faces innumerable questions and dilemmas while raising a child, right from toddler days to adolescence and right up to adulthood. 

The questions appear simple, yet hard to grapple with, for a parent.

Is my child more íntelligent' than I can comprehend ?

Is my child more logical or creative ?

Is my child a slow or fast learner ?

Is my child better at sports or music ?

Is my child better at planning or execution ?

These or similar questions surely boggle a parent sometime or the other. Does the parent have the answers ? He or She may have a fair idea, but is the parent confident of the path which the child should pursue in future to be happy and successful. 

Most parents fail to answer these questions, because it is simply not possible to know inborn capability potential through observation. 

Backed by scientific research from anthropology to genetics, from embryology to Dermatoglyphics, a scientific fingerprint analytical technique has been developed which can provide a detailed report on the inborn capability of a child or an adult

Friday, July 13, 2012

Dermatoglyphics testing - a modern technique based on 150 year old database 

Sir William J.Herschel is important to the history of fingerprints because he is the first person to confirm the persistency of the patterns of prints from birth till death through early longitudinal studies from 1860 to 1890. He established that rdiges do not change from birth through death except through trauma. 

By 1930s, Noel Jaquin, founder of Society of Physiological Patterns (SSPP) was studying character traits for five different fingerprint patterns, the loop, wholr, arch, tented arch and composite. In 1940, he published his findings. Vera Crompton continued these studies and publsihed her views in 1951. Yusuke Miyamoto proposed character recognition based on his understanding of some eastern philosophies and various types of fingerprints in 1963.Beryl Hutchinson reported in 1967 that the SSPP had collected a library of prints in its efforts to aid the interpretation of these markings.

Since the works of Jaquin, Compton, Hutchinson, Miyamoto, Jaegers and Gettings there have 
been numerous authors in the field of Chirology who have discussed human psychological characteristic findings related to dermatoglyphic patterns of the hand including Elizabeth Brenner, Dennis Fairchild, David Brandon Jones, Dr Eugene Scheimann M.D. ..Their observations represent tens of thousands of hours of clinical observations and interviews with hundreds of thousands of people.

The science of dermatoglyphics and the art of reading the fingerprint patterns to understand inborn characteristics has evolved over more than a century. 
DMIT technique is now able to leverage this age old database by using the latest technology and tools. Parents find this technique useful for children whereas recruiters and corporate executives find this useful for profiling and career planning.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Knowing.. grooming…achieving!

Your fingerprints and hands are like a user’s manual for understanding yourself and your life. The fingerprints represent a previously unknown map of human consciousness that is separate from the already-recognized psychology. This part of human existence is called as your Soul Psychology.
It is important to understand that there are three dimensions of our overall soul psychology. Taken together they are called your Life Agenda. These components form together to create our specific formula for a fulfilling life. Coburn has expressed this aptly in her study about life purpose through fingerprints -
Life Agenda = Life School + Life Lessons + Life Purpose
Life School is the particular lens through which you experience all the circumstances of your life.
Your Life Lesson is the weakest part of life that needs much practice, patience and expansion of your awareness.
Your Life Purpose is what you want to be able to do.
The aspects of your Life Agenda build on one another and are the pieces of your personal, spiritual, and practical training program. They work in concert with one another. When you work on any part of your Life Agenda, it activates the other parts as well. Just for example; while swimming, if you want to be the person who can do the breast stroke (Life Purpose), then you must be willing to work on the scissor kick, which you happen to be lousy at and would rather have not to learn (Life Lesson), and to try and swim at all you must be willing to get into and learn about the water (Life School).
Life is all about knowing yourself, grooming yourself and achieving your goal. Brainsketch Solutions aims to enhance life by knowing.. grooming.. and achieving..

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Knowing the right path to tread: Career counselling using DMIT solution

A child is unique in the way he or she thinks, reacts, and also in the choice of areas to pursue at junior and high school, college, sports or any extra-curricular activities.

Parents at times face an uphill task in getting the child to do what they feel is right (which need not be right !). 

Today, this predicament is true in case of many parents while selecting or even planning a career choice for the child. Not an enviable situation, considering that the poor child is undecided, torn between peer pressure on one side and confused parents on the other. 

In India, all along it has been the herd mentality at work in case of education path to be pursued. Traditionally, there have been three choices to be pursued by every self-respecting individual; Engineering, Medicine and Commerce (with the fervent hope of getting the much coveted A.C.A degree later). Thankfully, these choices have expanded several folds- with Fine arts, Hospitality Management, Aviation, Mass Communication, Photography, Travel & Tourism, Nutrition, Modelling, Languages and many other options becoming popular.With numerous career options to pursue, the parents and children are even more confused than earlier times. 

Fortunately, a scientific tool developed using more than century old research of fingerprint patterns can help a parent understand the top career choices which a child can pursue and excel. 

Dermatoglyphics Multiple-Intelligence Test (DMIT) is increasingly becoming a preferred tool for parents to receive career counselling.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Parents can play a pivotal role in raising smarter children 

Dr. Howard Gardner, a Harvard psychologist, is one of the several modern scientists who challenged the theory that intelligence is fixed, and that intelligence is a unitary entity. Arguing that "reason, intelligence, logic, knowledge are not synonymous. . .", Howard Gardner (1983) proposed a new view of intelligence that is rapidly being incorporated in schools. 

In his theory of Multiple Intelligences, Gardner expanded the concept of intelligence to also include such areas as music, spacial relations, and interpersonal knowledge in addition to mathematical and linguistic ability.

Think of Mozart. He was a musical genius. His symphonies, operas, and concertos were nothing short of brilliant. Mozart was music smart.

Einstein, on the other hand, was logic and math smart. His name is virtually synonymous with intelligence thanks to his accomplishments in mathematics and physics

Think of Tendulkar, Pele or Micheal Jordan. These are names synonymous with global sport legends ! These legends are kinesthetic smart !

Is Mozart less of a genius than Einstein or  Tendulkar ? 
According to Multiple Intelligences theories, Einstein and Mozart are both smart, but in very different ways. There are many ways to be smart.

Likewise, our children are smart in different ways too !!

The traditional notion of intelligence was that we were born with a certain level intelligence. The traditional notion of intelligence would have us believe that the potential of each child was limited at birth. 

The modern view of intelligence is based on brain elasticity. That is, we are learning that the experience we provide our children has a tremendous impact on their intelligence and their potential.Parents can develop their child's intelligence by exposing them to a wide variety of stimulating activities that span the intelligences.

By identifying your child's intelligence early in life, one is in a position to cultivate his intelligences in desired areas, through concerted parental support.
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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Dermatoglyphics: Become clear about your life-purpose

Dermatoglyphics (dermato=skin,glyphics-carvings) ,a name coined by Dr. Harold Cummins in 1926, is the scientific term for the study of fingerprints and related line and hand shape designations. 

The scientific study of papillary ridges of the hands and feet was pioneered by Joannes E. Purkinje, a Czech physiologist and biologist in 1823. Sir William J. Herschel is one of the key contributors to the science of fingerprint analysis, because he is the first person to confirm the persistence of patterns of prints from birth till death through early longitudinal studies from 1860 to 1890. He established that ridges do not change from birth until death except through trauma or decomposition after death.

Examining the embryonic hands, Dr.Cummins documented the emergence of eleven ball-like structures at the eighth week after conception. At the fourteenth week, the skin corrugations (fingerprints) begin to appear, forming a topographic-like map of the developing fetal hand.

In effect, fingerprints form a topographical map prior to birth, a map that would remain unaltered throughout life. In 1892, Galton divided the patterns on the fingertips into three broad groups;Arches, Loops and Whorls.

Assimilation of centuries of deep work on fingerprints across continents, has resulted in a scientific tool to decipher behavioral traits and natural strengths / shortcomings of individuals. This can go a long way in defining life-purpose for an individual and help in leading a happy and successful life !

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

How Dermatoglyphics analysis technique helped me !

It was the year 2002 when Sandy was two years of age. He started uttering words which were half decipherable. Both of us, were even more excited when he called us Daddee and Mommee !!!

One would call these days as a parent, the most wonderful and fulfilling days. With Sandy around, we would never feel down or bored, being charged up all the time because of his new pranks and developments!

It was during the fall of '97, when I read an article on Dermatoglyphics finger print techniques in The Daily. 

As a Science graduate, I had read all about dermatology, fingerprints etc. But never did I realize that there is a scientific theory evolved over centuries which establishes that there is a connection between your brain and pattern on your fingers ! And that it can help you identify the inborn characteristics of an individual based on the patterns.

Suddenly I was quite curious to know more about this technique and how it could be applied to good use in real life, not for me, but for Sandy.

I picked up the phone and called the  Dermatoglyphics Institute to enquire. They were kind enough to send me loads of information on how this scientific technique works along with contact of a Dermatoglyphics practitioner in my neighborhood !

Like a diligent student that I was, I read through the soft copies  overnight. 
I was amazed by the utility of the Dermatoglyphics assessment technique. Apparently this technique is able to gauge the multiple intelligence capability potential of an individual, it can help one understand the behavioral traits, strengths and weakness and can suggest the ideal career tracks which this individual can target.

Further it said that this assessment can be a guiding lamp for a parent, because it will help in grooming and nurturing the child in manner which will be conducive to the smooth upbringing of the child (with minimal tantrums !!).

The question came to my mind was, will this technique be applicable to an adult ?

Yes. I was amazed to know that a corporate can actually deploy such assessments to gauge prospective candidates during recruitment and help make the organisation efficient and effective !

I picked up the phone and sought an appointment with the Dermatoglyphics practitioner. My wifey didnt mind this at all because, as parents we were willing to do all it takes for Sandy's 'smooth upbringing'

It was only half an hour of time required for scanning of Sandy's fingerprints at the Dermatoglyphics practitioner. 
After couple of days we were invited again for the counselling, post the fingerprint analyses.  

We were apprehensive at the beginning, fearing what may emerge from the fingerprint analyses. But as the counselling session progressed we were to be pleasantly surprised. 

Sandy's fingerprint analyses report was bordering on being very good to prodigious on certain thinking and analytical skills. The report said that our son is right brain oriented with unlimited capacity to improve his imaginative and creativity limits.The top career options were outlined and so were his shortfalls. 

Of course, the suggestions given in the report were sharp and pointed, primarily it meant there was work for us to do. On a regular basis the parental role was defined.  

A day after the counselling session, I listed down the key pointers from the recommendations which was to become a parental guide for grooming little Sandy.

It has been 15 years now since that counselling session, and I would say it has been an enriching experience, partly due to the efforts that we have taken so far, on grooming Sandy. 

I would say that bulk of the analyses on Sandy and the suggestions in the report, even if I read it today, have been on the dot !. 

Last fall, he led his football team to victory at the City sports meet. This is thanks to the kinesthetic intelligence capability detected at an early age, which made us focus his time seriously on at least one sport.  

Today, Sandy has come out with flying colors in his high school qualifying tests in Art and Urban design course in High School of Art & Design at NY. As parents, we feel our efforts are paying off !!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Dermatoglyphics- Solution built on about two centuries of scientific research

History of Dermatoglyphics Research

1823- John Evangelist Purkinji a professor of anatomy at the University of Breslau, published his thesis researching of fingerprint patterns classification.

1892- Sir Francis Galton a British anthropologist and a cousin of Charles Darwin, He published hisbook, "Fingerprints", establishing the individuality and permanence of fingerprints. The book included the first classification system for fingerprints.

1926- Harold Cummins, M.D. aka. the Father of Dermatoglyphics. And C.Midlo, M.D.studied all aspects of fingerprint analysis, from anthropology to genetics and embryology perspective. 1943 Published book, Finger Prints, Palms and Soles, a bible in the field of dermatoglyphics.

1944- Dr Julius Spier Psycho-Analytic Chirologist published “The Hands of Children” he made several significant discoveries especially in the area of psycho-sexual development and the diagnosis of imbalances and problems in this area from the patterns of the hands.

1968- Sarah Holt, whose own work 'The Genetics of Dermal Ridges' published in 1968, summarizes her research in of dermatoglyphics patterns of both the fingers and the palm in various peoples, both normal and congenitally afflicted.

1976- Schaumann and Alter's 'Dermatoglyphics in Medical Disorders' published.Significant
investigations have also been carried out into the dermatoglyphics indicators of congenital heart disease, leukaemia, cancer, rubella embryopathy, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia etc. Dermatoglyphics research being directed into genetic research and the diagnosis of chromosomal defects.

1970- USSR,Former Soviet Union. Using Dermatoglyphics in selecting the contestant for Olympics.

1980- China carry out researching work of human potential, intelligence and talents in
dermatoglyphics and human genome perspective.

1985- Dr. Chen Yi Mou Phd. of Havard University research Dermatoglyphics based on Multiple
Intelligence theory of Dr. Howard Gardner. First apply dermatoglyphics to educational fields and
brain physiology.

2000- Dr Stowens, Chief of Pathology at St Luke's hospital in New York, claims to be able to
diagnose schizophrenia and leukaemia with up to a 90% accuracy. In Germany, Dr Alexander
Rodewald reports he can pinpoint many congenital abnormalities with a 90% accuracy.

2004- IBMBS- International Behavioral & Medical Biometrics Society. Over 7000 report and thesis published. Nowadays the U.S., Japan or China, Taiwan apply dermatoglyphics to educational fields, expecting to improve teaching qualities and raising learning efficiency by knowing various learning styles.

BrainSketch Solutions Pvt Ltd is an initiative started by two enterprising professionals to help discover the innate capabilities of an individual through scientific means, and also assist in developing the solutions for enhancing them. 
For Parents, it gives a clear picture of Multiple intelligence and learning styles of your child to help you understand strength and weaknesses of your child. BrainSketch's DMIT Report offers specific Suggestions for improvement and tips for parents suggesting number of activities to groom a child. 
For Corporate HR, it can help identify more effective human resources, make recruitment more efficient and help create a productive human resource team.
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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dermatoglyphics :Introduction to Parents

How well do you understand your child’s 8 Multiple Intelligences and characteristics?

Introducing the latest individual capability profiling concept; 
Scientific Fingerprint Analysis (DERMATOGLYPHICS)

DERMATOGLYPHICS is the  best counselling tool to “listen” to one’s brain.


What is DMIT?
DMIT means Dermatoglyphics Multiple Intelligence Test. i.e. Intelligence mapping through fingerprint analysis

How is DMIT different from astrology ?

DMIT is not fortune telling or astrology
Its about knowing the natural inborn traits and capability potential so that one can act. 
This technique is based on the premise that, 'every individual can create his or her future if the inborn capability potential is known'

Why Finger Print testing?
Our finger prints are permanent and each finger is connected to separate part of Right and Left Brain. Every finger of an individual and the pattern on it, provides an assessment of the intelligence potential and behavioral traits 

What is the best age for doing this test?
This test can be done at any age from new born baby till grown up adults. However earlier is better as personality can be molded better and easier at early childhood

What kind of Test is it?
In this test, the person’s Finger prints are scanned and on that basis his/her level of intelligence, learning styles and working attributes are mapped. The report also suggests suitable academic courses and career choices for the person.

How can one use this report for shaping his/her life?
Our DMIT Report has special suggestions for improvement for adults and guiding tips for parents for shaping their child’s future.

Who can be benefitted by this report?
Toddlers, teen agers, youngsters, adults, couples, schools, corporates, psychologists, counsellors everybody can use this report for effective solutions and suitable directions. to evaluate employees by fingerprints
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