Learning Modalities Part 2

As promised last time, here is a follow-up post about Learning Modalities.

If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to read Part 1 please click here to open it in a new tab of your browser.

Today’s post will make a lot more sense if you have the context from Part 1. In addition, you can take a brief quiz to give you an idea of your own preferred learning modality – Visual, Auditory or Kinaesthetic.

“Seeing, feeling, hearing, are miracles, and each part and tag of me is a miracle.”

– Walt Whitman

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Learning Modalities

You might find it interesting to know that each of us has a unique preference for the way in which we like to receive, learn and internally represent new information and experiences.

This knowledge can be particularly helpful in relationships and in careers that involve educating, helping or motivating people (teachers and life coaches are two examples).

Before I explain any more about these different channels of learning and representation (commonly called ‘modalities’) – and so that you do not unfairly prejudge what I have to say – I would invite you to explore your own preferred learning modality.

“He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

– Confucius

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The VAK Modalities

Each individual has a preferred way in which he or she likes to receive and learn new information and experiences.

There are three main modalities or channels by which human expression takes place and through which information is absorbed. We refer to them as the ‘VAK modalities’.

These modalities, or channels if you like, are the three senses, namely sight (Visual), hearing (Auditory) and touch or feeling (Kinaesthetic).

Most people tend to have a bias towards one of these three senses when it comes to interpreting new information and representing it in their minds. We refer to that sense as the individual’s ‘primary modality’.

“A great coach will know how to engage anyone, anytime, anywhere in an empowering conversation about themselves.”

– Yours truly

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Communication and Projection

One of the fascinating concepts that we deal with in the Communications module of the New Insights life coach training programme is that of Projection.

It’s something that most of our trainees struggle to grasp, perhaps even resist, at first. But when they ‘get it’ they are often quite overwhelmed by just how powerful it can be in helping them to better understand how and why people relate to each other the way they do.

Wikipedia defines Projection (and I spell it throughout with a capital P to distinguish it from other meanings of the word) as “a theory in psychology in which humans defend themselves against unpleasant impulses by denying their existence in themselves, while attributing them to others.”

Our minds influence the key activity of the brain, which then influences everything; perception, cognition, thoughts and feelings, personal relationships; they’re all a projection of you.

– Deepak Chopra

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The Art of Communication

Whenever I think of the importance of good communication in our day to day lives, I am reminded of the following powerful quotes that a local magistrate used recently, upon convicting a well known politician of  indulging in ‘hate speech’.

“Be wary of turning into a man that often speaks but never talks.”

– Oliver Wendell Homes

“Words are the clothes that thoughts wear, only the clothes.”

– Samuel Butler

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