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Understanding Every Personality Type: Audio, Visual, Kinesthetic
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.
What personality type best fits you?
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.