Experiential intelligence is one component (experiential-creative) of the Triarchic theory of intelligence that was put forward by researcher Steinberg in 1985. This theory holds that there are multiple components of intelligence that he referred to as metacomponents, performance components, and knowledge-acquisition components. These components are theorized to combine in various combinations to perform intellectual tasks such as perceiving problems in our long-term memory, perceiving relations between objects, and applying relations to another set of terms. The experiential-creative component deals chiefly with how well a task is performed with regard to how familiar it is.
For example, we all know that any task becomes easier with practice no matter how difficult it may have been the first time tried.