Feb 05, 2014

Would You Like to Accelerate Your Learning?

Have you ever felt like you just aren’t learning as fast as you used to?  The best way for people to learn is incrementally.  In the world we live in, instant gratification is the rule, so we want to learn new things NOW!  Based upon your prior knowledge, you may have the foundation to learn some things more quickly than others.  So, how does a person learn and can it be accelerated?  There are four stages that psychology accepts as the standard learning process:

  1. Unconscious incompetence
  2. Conscious incompetence
  3. Conscious competence
  4. Unconscious competence

I’m going to discuss those and then share with you a way to speed up, accelerate, the process.

Unconscious incompetence:  At this point, you don’t know what you don’t know.  Knowledge exists that you do not know about and you have no clue that the item for which the knowledge exists, exists.  This is where curiosity comes in.  For a person to be at this point they must have a curiosity about the subject.  You can see the wonderment in the person’s eyes and in their actions.  And, almost every time something is mentioned about the subject, they say something, like, “I didn’t know that.” Or, “How interesting.”  You might be able to relate this to when you began to drive a car.  Because you had ridden in one for 15 years, or so, you knew it had a steering wheel, pedals on the floor, and other gadgets.  But, you didn’t really know how they all work and the coordination needed to make it happen like mom and dad did.

Conscious incompetence: Now you know there are a lot of things that you don’t know about the subject, because you’ve asked enough questions and researched enough to find out that this is the case.  Back to the driving scenario; you now may have taken Driver’s Ed and possibly sat behind the steering wheel of a car.  All the laws, rules, and regulations were overwhelming, let alone trying to coordinate your eyes, arms, legs, etc. to get the car in motion and down the street.

Conscious Competence: This where the real fun begins.  Now, you think you know about the subject.  If asked about it, you have to locate the memories of what you know about the it and probably strain to put together an answer that seems fluid.  For instance, in our car scenario, you can get the car started, out of the driveway, and down the street, but it’s with caution and some trepidation.  It’s obvious to others that are watching that you purposely look in the rearview mirror and the outside mirrors, that you’re closely monitoring your speed, and making sure everyone’s seatbelts are fastened.

Unconscious Competence: All the thought that was once required to think about and discuss the subject now seems second-nature.  You know the subject, and you know that you know the subject.  It’s with confidence and ease that you talk about the subject and can do so at a moments notice.  So, now as you get in your car, you nonchalantly start it up, take a quick look around and take off down the street, doing all the checks and adjustments that were once noticeable to others in such a fluid, relaxed manner that no one would guess that you used to lack confidence in your knowledge and abilities.

The reason these steps take time to progress through is because of factors, like:

  • Stress
  • Poor habits related to learning
  • Strong negative emotions associated with learning (Remember the 3rd Grade teacher with the wooden ruler?)
  • Resistance to learning and change
  • Long-held negative beliefs
  • Host of other factors

And, the older a person is, the more likely these factors will intensify.  You might be saying, “Yeah, but the older you get, the harder it is to learn”.  Psychologists, neuro-scientists, and the majority of people use to believe that.  Neuro-Science now knows that the human brain maintains its Neuroplasticity well into old-age, including the ability to generate new neurons.

So, what’s the secret of accelerating the learning process?  Hypnosis is a proven method for Accelerated Learning.  By relaxing the whole person, creating a positive emotional association with learning, opening the mind in such a way to facilitate the reorganization of neural connections, and instilling confidence and motivation, a person can truly experience the full power of their mind in the learning process.  Now, will this be like doing an instant download from some source into your brain?  No, learning still has to take place.  But, what a thrill it is to experience the ‘new’ you using Accelerated Learning!

Creating a life in forward motion,

Dr. Edward Lewellen