Have you ever wondered what it is that makes us choose certain social and professional fields? Why we are more attracted to certain professions and why we cannot imagine ourselves working in other fields?
The answer lies in Howard Gardner’s book, The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. He explained the propensities and the abilities of people in certain fields or their actions through the existence of several types of intelligence: linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, kinesthetic, musical, intrapersonal, interpersonal, naturalist and existential. Each individual has a dominant intelligence.
Linguistic or verbal intelligence, located in the left temporal lobe, must be dominant in the case of a translator. This intelligence is identified by the easiness with which a child associates words, understands the meaning of some words, even if he/she does not speak the language to which the words belong. Linguistic intelligence can be observed even during the school years, as the child will do very well in the modern languages studied.
What is certain is that, due to the curricula, the Romanian education system manages to develop mainly two types of intelligence: verbal and logical-mathematical. However, the other types of intelligence also manage to surface before the individual becomes integrated in the socio-professional life; otherwise, we would not have guides (the dominant intelligence being spatial intelligence), musicians (musical intelligence), biologists (naturalist intelligence) etc.
The dominant intelligence for the socio-professional category of the translator is linguistic intelligence, but it must be combined with interpersonal intelligence, because good social skills are an essential requirement for attracting new customers or collaborators. Anyway, the two types of intelligence assimilate each other in a harmonious manner, because it would be useless to master the art of speaking correctly and fluently without having someone to communicate to.