Chess, sudoku, strategic computer games, social puzzle games – how can they contribute to our well-being? You must know that puzzle games haven’t been created just for fun. They are focused on abilities that all human beings possess, but not everyone takes advantage of them. Here you will find some useful tips not only for studying better but also for enhancing your skills in general.
As scientists say, there are various types of intelligence. Some people are better at writing (verbal intelligence), others are perfect drivers (spatial intelligence).
There are also people who deal very well with logical inferences, mathematical problems, etc. They could formulate their thoughts very precisely, by using symbols; they are also specialists at detecting and solving problems (e.g. how to use given construction materials to build a house).
We call this type of intelligence as Logical-mathematical intelligence (LMI). FBI agents, famous detectives, scouts, as well as managers and basketball coaches belong to this group of people. We also find LMI at schools and universities: usually, subjects like Math, Logic, Information Science deal with it. They may seem quite boring and painstaking for many students, all these subjects help us develop our skills, and vice versa: our skills that we have already gained assist us in learning and passing exams at the university.
Management and Organizational Skills
While playing chess, you can predict what is going to happen in a long-term perspective. As a matter of fact, it is the way in which a scientist conducts his/her research; a CEO manages his/her business enterprise; a mayor governs the town; and so on. The ability to predict could be developed through observations and drawing logical inferences.
Causality is throughout our world: for every event, there is a specific cause. “Knowledge is power”, said Francis Bacon. Now it can be replaced with: “Prediction is power”. Every business project could be carried out only by using such skills and abilities. The same relates to scientific research and work. So, if you are studying Business administration or Molecular Biology, don’t hesitate: play games, solve puzzles!
Puzzles and Everyday Life
Online puzzle games aren’t so different from observing the regularities in the universe or from investigating a homicide. If a person is good at writing, for instance, he/she should be also good at playing chess. Of course, if you want to enhance your LMI, it is never merely enough to deal with one and the same puzzle game or activity related to it. It is recommended to develop this ability and apply it to many other activities.
You could use it even in the jungle, trying to trace some animal or apply it to your own laptop, while asking yourself why it is so slow (perhaps it has been infected with viruses?).
What Else Can You Do?
Read Agatha Christie’s novels and guess who had committed the crime; or observe the behavior of your classmate and try to guess what he/she has done this morning. When you have to deal with some very complicated mathematical formulas, just take it as another type of puzzle game, and it will work! Moreover, prepare a short fundraising project – you would demonstrate your leadership and organizational skills in that way. Such a diversity of activities will assist you in enhancing your LMI.
Don’t Stop Training!
Developing our personal skills can be compared to working out. We have to train every day to maintain them. As with computer games, you should go level up; your level of difficulty must be high enough to test your skills. Don’t stay in one place: move on and up! Puzzles are all around. Even our world is a gigantic puzzle that hasn’t been solved up to now. Analyze, discover, and predict: these are the basic terms, which you should apply to your life!
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