Humans Need to Feel in Order to Learn

May 2, 2020
Why do humans do the things they do? What force drives and shapes all of your emotions, actions, quality of life and, ultimately, our destinies? One thing's for sure, humans need to feel in order to learn.

The importance of creating a good footprint in your memory is for the purpose of being excited. Thus, humans need to feel in order to learn. This is because the facts and experiences that mean something to you are the best signs that they’ll stay in your memory forever. It doesn’t matter how many years go by.

You need to learn that it isn’t about the mere storage of information, as you’d lose track and not remember it later. The important thing is for each person to make that information their own. This is because it’ll be the best way to access it when they need it.

The challenge is to create a good bridge between what you know and what you feel, and in bringing what you want to remember to the depths. Neuroscience studies on brain areas and the functions they perform affirm that you can only learn what’s meaningful, catches your attention, excites you, and what’s different and steps away from the monotonous.

“If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.”

-Rachel Carson-

A little girl looking at someone.

Humans need to feel in order to learn

Education is in constant development. Thanks to the numerous studies on this, innovations and new ways of teaching continue to appear. Teachers and mentors increasingly seek dynamism, movement, learning in nature, social contact, and learning with new methods such as music and mindfulness.

Thus, learning is an important step to grow, not only in the educational field but also to become better humans. You must connect with your emotions and discover that the outside world isn’t something that exists objectively. Instead, it exists because you can make sense of it.

Learning by doing arouses your interest and ignites your curiosity. Anything that incites you to look for answers, find new solutions, propose challenges, and stimulates you to overcome yourself is the learning that can really give your life meaning, while you make an investment in acquiring more knowledge. This is because only by starting the process will you be able to shape the footprint.

A child playing with a leaf by the water.

Are schools the only places where you can learn?

When you give importance to your feelings, you make sure that you don’t only learn in classrooms. You ensure this learning expands to every area of your life. This is because learning isn’t exclusive to children. In fact, every person must adapt their experiences to record them. In addition, they must be able to take note of them.

You learn every day and in every experience. Everything that surrounds you gives you something. Especially if you know how to capture the essence and make it yours, it’ll be your best tool to create something meaningful in yourself. Knowledge is important but it must go hand in hand with feeling because you’re not just a brain or a heart. You’re the product of both. Thus, the two need and support each other to give your life meaning.

The 2010 study by the University of Massachusetts, Amherst showed that, when teachers treated their students as mere passive recipients, the latter didn’t integrate information in the same way as when they enjoyed it. Your challenge is to ensure learning, to ensure you can transmit information so that you capture others’ attention. You have a challenge when you teach. You must incite excitement in others. This is because humans need to feel in order to learn.