How We Communicate (Part 2)
There is a widespread belief that all comunication is conscious, that is, we are aware that we talk and listen to each other on a basic awareness level based on the “here and now”. It has to be something “concrete”. If we don’t learn something consciously, then we just don’t learn it.
This is far from true. We even believe that unless we know something consciously, we don’t know it. However, haven’t you ever surprised yourself by knowing something without being aware quite how you knew it? According to recent studies, most of our learning is non-conscious and this has serious repercussions for how we learn another language.
We retrieve information non-consciously as well. Have you ever had moments when you are desperately trying to remember something and you can’t. It can be very frustrating. Then, you go off and make a cup of tea and quite suddenly it comes to you. This means that we communicate with ourselves both consciously and non-consciously.
Psychologists believe we have two “I’s”, “the conscious me” and “the non-conscious me”. At least when we are communicating. We tend to be more able to communicate with the former than the latter. This is because we learn from a very early age that conscious communication is more effective and that we should not pay much attention to our intuition, our instinct, our non-conscious feelings, etc. At school we are told that this can’t be proved so it is not valid. This is far from the truth.
We are gradually becoming aware that learning is more effective if it is multi-sensory and when it appeals to the non-conscious as well as the conscious mind. This has enormous implications for how we learn and under what kind of conditions, whether in or out of the classroom. It also questions how information is communicated. It is now well known that each of us has a particular way of learning and we develop strategies to enhance it.
How we contact the non-conscious mind, we will discuss in a future article.
Happy English learning!!