Have you ever noticed that you seem to learn best under certain conditions? For example, some students learn best from class lectures while others learn best by reading textbooks. Your unique learning style can play a role in how well you learn as well as your ability to retain and recall information.
All people have different abilities, personalities, motivations and past experiences that may impact how they learn best. Numerous theories exist to categorized and describe these different ways of learning. One of these theories is based upon the work of analytical psychologist Carl Jung. Jung's theory suggests that there are a number of psychological types based on several different personality patterns.
Jung's theory focuses on four basic psychological functions:
- Extroversion vs. Introversion
- Sensation vs. Intuition
- Thinking vs. Feeling
- Judging vs. Perceiving
You may be familiar with these personality types from the well-known Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, which is based upon Jung's work. While Jung's theory is typically applied to personality assessment, it can also be a useful tool for understanding your unique learning style.
Remember that your learning style is not set in stone. It may change over time or based upon the learning situation that you are in. Most importantly, remember that no single theory or style can fully encompass the way you learn best. In reality, your learning style is likely a mix of many different abilities, characteristics and preferences. Learn more by reading the article on the learning styles based on Jung's personality theory and consider which combination of styles most closely describes how you learn best.
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Is the Jungian based Myers-Briggs type indicator the only one of it?s kind, the only learning styles categorization? I wonder this because it is the most widely used.
Perhaps most don?t have a particular view on their philosophy but what about those of us who do not have a Jungian philosophical stance? What options to we have?
People don?t seem to be given alternative to the MBTI
No, there are actually several different learning style models, this article just happens to focus on the Jungian theory. Other popular models include David Kolb?s model, Anthony Gregorc?s model and Fleming?s VAK/VARK model. I?ll be focusing on each of these theories in future articles.