Another interesting branch of interpersonal psychological differences. This time it isn’t MBTI, but learning styles (though there’s nothing to say the two theories aren’t related).
Up until about a month ago, I’d thought there were three recognised learning styles: Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic. They’re pretty self-explanatory, but for purposes of completion and self-satisfaction, I’ll explain anyway.
- Are often good at visual art forms and enjoy excursions to art galleries
- Remember things by picturing or visualising them
- Perceive others’ meanings through their gestures, body language and facial expressions
- Are distracted by sights
- Are likely to take notes, draw mind-maps and ‘obsess’ over colour coordination
- Are likely to dress for fashion and take pleasure in aesthetic ‘perfection’
- May visualise the worst-case scenario in case of a misfortune
- You like my emboldenings and italicisings? I’m doin’ that for you, Visuals!
This is a common type, probably the most common. We many of us rely very heavily upon our sight, so that’s not surprising.
You might be able to perceive from my style of writing that I am not a Visual. No, sir; I am not. Not to say I don’t like pretty vistas et cetera.
- Are often good at speaking, debating and have a high appreciation of music
- Remember verbal instructions and may have the ability to repeat speeches word for word
- Perceive others’ meanings through their diction, articulation, dynamic and tone of voice
- Are distracted by noise
- Are likely to sing, whistle or hum…a lot
- Are likely to enjoy talking on the phone
- Easily perceive subtleties of voice and music
We all tick boxes in other categories. Meself, I can whistle the ‘Sailor’s Hornpipe’ at full speed. And so can all my protagonists 🙂
(By the way, if this sounds like you, go and listen to Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony. I am at the moment, and I’d forgotten how much I love it. Probably the nostalgia—the soundtrack of Barbie Rapunzel is basically Dvorak. Anyway…)
(Is it just an inconsequential theory of mine that many Visual and Auditory learners are also MB Sensing types? Okay, forget that.)
- Are often good at practical tasks such as crafts, mechanics and sports
- Remember things by acting out and trying for themselves
- Communicate through ‘touchy-feely’ gestures such as hugging for affection or a firm handshake for respect
- Mostly buy clothes for comfort
- Must often endure a traditional school learning environment favouring Visual and Auditory learning styles (let’s have a big loud ‘awww’)
- According to one source, they have high intuition (hm, interesting, though I’d like to know exactly where such a conclusion came from)
Okay, I was always awful at Science practicals. But whenever someone touches me—say, they tweak my elbow or measure the circumference of my wrist (yeah, seems pretty meaningless)—I feel automatically better about myself. I don’t know why. Perhaps I’m just starved of physical contact because I pretend to be detached and independent.
But no, I don’t believe I’m a Kinaesthetic learner, either. I just discovered the fourth learning style.
Auditory Digital Learners:
- Can be difficult to identify (is that why I’d never even heard of the type before?)
- Work best with information and data
- Remember things by creating steps and procedures
- May struggle with social interaction
- Apparently the Socratic-debate style of question-and-answer might help with learning
- I don’t know where the name comes from
This is brilliant for characterisation. Understanding a character’s learning style is just as vital as nailing their personality—one might even argue that learning style is an integral part of character personalisation. Probably is. All these tests, we do them for ourselves because we’re interested in who we are and how we operate–and how we operate in relation to others who don’t necessarily understand or relate to us. Is it not just as vital to understand our characters, since we conceive every part of them ourselves, and set ourselves the task of determining all their goals, motives and methods?
Let’s have some characteristic words for each type: (Yes, I lifted these straight off http://mymindcoach.com.au/communicate-better/, which has frankly proved the basis for most of my observations. So, yeah, thanks for that.)
Visual: see, looks, appear, view, show me, dawn, reveal, imagine, illuminate, crystal clear
Auditory: can you hear, that sounds good, listen, make music, tune in, be all ears, that rings a bell, it resonates
Kinaesthetic: feel, touch, grasp, get a hold of, slips through, catch on, tap into, concrete, solid
Auditory Digital: sense, understand, think, learn, process, decide, consider, change, perceive, insensitive, conceive, distinct, know (each of these words I would probably use at an average of five or six times a day, depending on the conversation, whereas those in the other lists no more than twice or thrice at the very most)
Yes, we all use these terms all the time. But perhaps one particular person will pop into mind when you read each list. Or, even better—a character.
My thoughts linking to MBTI: we live in a Sensing world. We also live in a world of predominantly Visual and Auditory learners. Draw your own conclusions. I don’t mean to generalise.
My good friend dictionary.com details ‘learning’ as ‘the act or process of acquiring knowledge or skill’ (definition two).
My definition of the second MB dimension according to my first post on the subject claims it relates to the ‘methods we use to intake information’. (Yes, that was poorly worded. I should’ve edited that better. …Is this my Auditory Digital side asserting itself—feeling uncomfortable when something isn’t done to its best effect?)
In any case, I don’t think anyone will disagree that learning style and method of information intake are closely related.
That’s right. Have fun thinking about that a bit more. I’m going to bed.
Auditory learner picture: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-c_c4pr3yvsk/Tx8a6xCVbuI/AAAAAAAAAKA/CZKl-ftNdIw/s1600/Ear_14439206.jpg
Kinaesthetic learner picture: http://members.tripod.com/teaching_is_reaching/images/j0078744.gif
Auditory digital learner picture: http://doktorspinn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/digital-tunnel-wallpaper1.jpg
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