Visual Spatial

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Visual/spatial intelligence is about the brain’s capacity to use images as a form of knowledge. That can happen in many ways, from an architectural drawing, to a painting of a street scene, to the written word itself. The term “photographic memory” is one aspect of this intelligence. The image is the lens by which the world is known.

If you prefer visual spatial intelligence as a way to ground your efforts to reach you out, you might use techniques such as this one:
1. Create a collage for your work reaching out. First, look through magazines for images that symbolize your own inner strength. This does not have to be “representational.” It can be an abstraction or it can be something real (e.g., an “eagle in flight”). Put this image at the center of a large piece of poster board.

2. Continuing your collage, find images of the things you most need to let go of, the gains and losses, that interfere with your trust building work. Add those to your collage in a way that helps you see you can get past them (maybe put them in a bucket or corral you draw to the side of your central image.)

3. Next find images for the “good and the true” that you want to emphasize and appreciate. What vision for the relationship do you hold and what images best illustrate that. Locate the images in a way that shows how you will get past the gains and losses and move toward these qualities.

4. Illustrate the point of contact with the other person. Again find images that represent the desired qualities of your encounter, keeping in mind that they display appreciation, truth, and your ownership of the issues that belong to you. Use these images to previsualize what you would like to see happen within the encounter.

5. Include in your drawing your commitment to staying engaged in any creative way that appeals to you. Continue to place images in way that shows the full five steps from claiming internal strength to engaging to stay engaged.
As an alternative to this exercise, you can also draw a “storyboard.” A storyboard is like a comic strip. It shows the action as key images in a sequence. Use the collage technique or your own drawings (even if they are only stick figures) to illustrate your movement through the five stages through five or more “panels” of the storyboard. Keep in mind that having visual spatial intelligence is not the same as being skillful at drawing, so do not critique the style or polish of the finished product. This is solely about the content of the images and what they mean to you.

Here's an example of a collage and the story behind it. (While the story is not necessarily about reaching out to build trust, it's a great example of interpreting a collage for meaning.)

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Links to the other intelligences exercises:

Verbal Linguistic
Naturalistic
Interpersonal
Musical
Logical Mathematical
Bodily Kinesthetic
Intrapersonal



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