Enriched learning is all about the effective absorption
and integration of new material. The more you know about the concepts, the
more you will find out things unknown to your parents, to teachers, and even
to neuroscientists just a decade ago.
For instance, ninety-five percent of your behavior reflects
patterns and habits mostly acquired when you were very young. Because our
educators and caregivers didn't know any better, most of us grew up with
ineffective study habits. Countless hours have been wasted in classrooms and in
home study, and have often yielded frustration, self-limiting beliefs, and low
self-esteem. However, there's no need to take it anymore! No matter what your
age, you can learn successfully and with delight.
Freud popularized the concept of the subconscious (or what is
sometimes also called the unconscious or the non-conscious). Although your
conscious mind plays an important role, learning has much more to do with
non-conscious processing than with conscious thought. Remember that, as you
learn how to nourish and develop it, your mind's chief responsibility is your
protection; in fact, your survival.
Let me use an analogy to explain the power of the subconscious
mind. If your feet are flat on the floor, the area under your feet corresponds
to the processing ability of your conscious mind. The floor area in the room not
covered by your feet represents the power of your subconscious mind. Your
conscious mind operates at around 126 bits per second, and your subconscious
mind is 10,000 times faster. Clearly, the power is really in the subconscious.
As a therapist, I have found that most issues that adults
present to me originate in their first seven years of life. This imprint phase
of social development is at a time when the conscious mind is not yet fully
developed, before growth of a vital filter to assess incoming information's
validity, the so-called Critical Faculty. Well aware of this, advertisers use
the term Critical Faculty Bypass when weighing the effectiveness of
advertisements. If the advertising message gets through to the emotional
subconscious mind, then the likelihood of purchase increases. What does this
have to do with learning? Quite a lot. Read on.
If life-long patterns are set in the first seven years of
life, then it's important for parents, older siblings, coaches, teachers, and
any other influencers to be extremely careful with their language, both verbal
and non-verbal. If a parent says, "You're just like your father. You'll never
amount to anything" or "It's a good thing you're cute, because you're not very
smart". The messages go directly, in the absence of a strong Critical Faculty,
to the subconscious where accepted as valid, they begin to form patterns and
beliefs. Subsequent fractured self-esteem and self-doubt results.
Elephant trainers use an interesting control technique. When
an elephant is still very young, the trainer attaches one end of a strong chain
to one of the elephant's legs, and the other end to a stake. This allows the
animal the freedom of a very defined circle, and, harnessed day after day, the
elephant learns that this circle is its only territory. As the years go by, the
chain is progressively exchanged for thinner and thinner ropes. The trainer
knows that the elephant could walk away at any time, but the elephant doesn't
catch on, and so remains within the defined circle. Important questions for you
from this are: What's your circle? What are your self-limiting beliefs?