Nature, Temperament and Learning

Nature, Temperament and Learning 
- Dr. Ajit Sabnis




It is an established fact that left brain, as a faculty, handles logic, analysis, numbers, grammar, abstracts etc. This part of the brain divides the total picture into small bits, analyse them and interpret. The Right Brain, handles creativity, emotions, imagination, comprehension, synthesis etc. This part of the brain unites all the information to understand the  totality.

While educating and understanding a child, the age old Indian Gurukala System of education considered the following. Even in the present times, these are applicable.

Three types of Temperament among children:

1. Intellectually Oriented Children : These children understand by explanation and would proceed further on their own. They only need proper guidance.

2. Emotionally Oriented Children: These children should be taught through emotions. For example, this behavior is bad – it will hurt you and him – how do you feel after doing bad work etc.

3. Third type of children are materially oriented. To them we have to teach through consequences – ‘ if you do this, that will happen’ etc.

Three Types of learners :

1. Visual learners : These children learn by observation. They can visualize, and are interested in reading, watching, looking at pictures etc.

2.  Auditory learners : These children learn by sound. They listen carefully and assimilate. They capture what is explained to them but generally are not interested in reading or visualization.

3. Kinesthetic  learners : They learn by themselves, by self experience. 

Three Types of Nature:

1. The Satvik nature: Children of this nature seek harmony, balance, understanding calmness, wisdom etc.

2. The Rajasik nature: Children of this nature are dynamic, motivated, desire driven and symbolizes impatience, restlessness etc

3. The Tamasik nature : This type of nature seeks comfort, inertia, dullness laziness , etc.

Till we meet next,

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