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Understanding Every Personality Type: Audio, Visual, Kinesthetic

Updated on October 24, 2011

There are 3 main personality and learning types. To be successful in life, interacting with people, we need to understand what type we are, and what types we encounter daily. Everyone has a certain amount of each, but one learning type will be more dominant than the other.

Our personality and learning slants are somewhat forced upon us as children. In kindergarten through the first few grades of school, everything is presented as hands-on, kinesthetically.

Middle school through Junior High the information is presented visually, then any higher learning experiences are presented in a business manner, more auditory.


1. Audio Learners:

this type of personality will often talk to themselves, reading aloud and moving their lips. Just reading or writing without first hearing it or saying it out loud causes difficulty in understanding the content. They do best in oral presentations, and asking questions, so they can hear the answer verbalized.

Basically they need to understand what they are learning, comprehend the process while learning it, then feel confident in the fact they have learned it.

This type is very successful in music and anything that involves auditory sound. It's not so much as feeling the music, but hearing it within and expressing it with the instrument.

For this type of learner there has to be an understanding of WHY they are learning or doing something, and a dialogue created in their world for it to make sense.

2. Visual Learners:

this type has two-subcategories, picture thinking and spatial thinking. Learners who are picture thinkers, describe everything in pictures, they relate everything to a sign or symbol in their heads. They prefer to learn through written language, like reading and writing tasks. If something is written down, they may only need to read it once, but will remember and visualize it in their minds.

Spatial thinking visual learners do better with charts and demonstrations. Any videos or visual aids increase their intake of the subject and overall understanding. They can easily visualize faces, people and locations, which gives them a point of reference when they are remembering details.

When trying to understand a visual person you need to pinpoint what object or subject will cause them to have an "AH HA" moment. Otherwise they will never comprehend the topic or process the information longterm.

3. Kinesthetic Learners:

this type is all about the senses, feeling, tasting, touching, smelling. If there isn't any stimulation or movement they tend to lose concentration. They use lots of colors, textures and smells, and are often very creative. This personality type wants to see the "big picture" and doesn't focus on the small details.

They tend to be very emotional, and have a deep passion for what they believe in. This type FEELS everything, whether it's something small or something big, to them, it's all important. They enjoy creative jobs, and projects and are more sensual towards life and relationships.

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Being Successful

Every personality type is unique and must be handled as such. But now we can identify each (more predominant) type, and successfully handle them.

Whichever type a person is, will be how they view life and comprehend situations. This is their own, unique personal filtering system.

If someone is auditory that's how they will portray themselves in life, and expect others to do the same.

For Example - If I don't understand that a visual person is presenting to me visually, and I learn kinesthetically, we will both be lost and completely frustrated. Basically "lost in translation".

Study the way you interact with people, and what their style of learning is, and you will become very successful in relationships.

Obviously each of us will become automatically drawn to our same type, and those who filter the same information the way we do. But having diverse relationships will increase our own happiness throughout our lives.


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      8 years ago

      Audio all the way. The day I put down my pencil in school and just started listening, my grades got better. Great piece.

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      8 years ago

      An easy way to find out what type of personality you are is to have someone ask you specific questions about what you like, your parents, past experiences etc.

      That method is used in NLP to determine what type you are.

      Your eyes will stray in different directions depending on how you remember things.


      Is/was your father a loving person ?

      Depending whether you mainly remember visual moments, words (compliments, yelling), or just how he made you feel or the overall feeling you had about him will tell you what kind of person you are.

      You'll need a mix of questions related to memories, experiences, tastes and imagination to get proper results, but can be fun too.

      This other article has an eye chart at the bottom byt which you and the person asking the question can judge how you're accessing the information for your answers.

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      8 years ago

      Yes, you are so right! Beating cancer has made me into a new person, that will try new things and not run from them! Thanks again, have a great day!!

    • applecsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Carrie Smith 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      So glad you were able to learn something about yourself. Defining our personalities within ourselves helps to propagate confidence and purpose. Thanks for commenting!

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      8 years ago

      Hi There,

      Thanks for your interesting post, I found out that I am a Kinesthetic Learner. It described me to a tee! I am always learning more and more about myself everyday, at 45 it is great! Thanks again!

    • applecsmith profile imageAUTHOR

      Carrie Smith 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      I had to take a test for my job, to identify my learning type. And I am audio, with strong visual tendencies, almost the same score, which is like the majority of people. I had almost no kinesthetic scores.

      Many people have a good measure of all of them, but just favor a certain type. Others are much more extreme.

      Nature vs nurture has a lot to do with what type you favor also.

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      Phil Plasma 

      8 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Interesting hub. I have not been sufficiently aware of my own learning and behaving tendencies to easily identify with any one of the types you have provided. I suppose I am closest to thinking visual with audio a close second.


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