Learning to Learn from Experience by Edward Cell

By Edward Cell

Our luck in existence and residing relies mostly on our skill to benefit from event. Direct touch with issues and folks impacts each part of our lives--behavior, conception, autonomy and creativity.

This assessment of experiential studying explores the method of studying from adventure, exhibiting the way it impacts one's character and gives potential to deal with emotions of powerlessness and insignificance. The publication describes the stipulations lower than which experiential studying leads to own progress and people within which development is inhibited. It exhibits how we try out the validity of our interpretations and the way we withstand such tests.

Learning to benefit from event examines the educational procedure in numerous different types of social relationships. It indicates how studying in huge teams differs from that during intimate circles. eventually it illustrates the interrelationships among experiential and educational learning.

This booklet additionally presents a wealth of functional suggestions and instruments allowing the reader to arrange for necessary experiential studying.

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I believe it is when power is not achieved in constructive Page 5 ways that we often turn to its destructive forms, so that at least we make some sort of difference. We may even resort to violence if it seems to be our only alternative to depression or despair. Another way to put this is that much dysfunctional learning is a defense against anxiety, for anxiety is an emotional response to an apparent threat to the self that we have not learned how to overcome. Many thinkers in our time, such as the psychotherapist Harry Stack Sullivan or the existential theologian Paul Tillich, have concluded that all of life is basically an attempt to cope with anxiety.

In learning to live with less self-awareness, we also diminish those distinctively human possibilities for freedom, creativity, caring, and ethical insight which are based on that awareness. We learn to cope with the threat of powerlessness in a functional way, I believe, by learning to create power for ourselves. Especially, we need to learn to create meaningful interpretations of our life-situations, something we shall examine in the next chapter as transsituation learning and transcendent learning.

We can learn to learn more functionally by learning to seek out or to create the conditions that make courage possible. At the same time, I have maintained, we will be further helped to learn functionally if we adopt the following general ideas or rules to guide the way we interpret situations: (1) Although our power is essentially quite limited, we need for it to be that way. (2) Our power to create and our power to love can be of significant worth without being perfect. (3) Life becomes worthwhile through the quality of the process rather than the permanence of our achievements.

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