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Learning Styles Based on Jung's Theory of Personality

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Jungian Learning Styles
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Jungian learning styles describe four main dimensions: (1) Extroverted/Introverted, (2) Sensation/Intuition, (3) Thinking/Feeling & (4) Judging/Perceiving.

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Have you ever felt like you learn best in a particular way? These learning styles impact how well we learn under certain conditions. Some students learn best by hearing information, while others learn best by seeing it. A number of different theories have emerged to describe how students prefer to learn best.

One learning style theory is based on the work of analytical psychologist Carl Jung, who developed a theory of psychological types designed to categorize people in terms of various personality patterns. Jung’s theory focuses on four basic psychological functions:

  1. Extraversion vs. Introversion
  2. Sensation vs. Intuition
  3. Thinking vs. Feeling
  4. Judging vs. Perceiving

This theory later led to the development of the now-famous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

In addition to influencing personality assessment, Jung's dimensions can also be used to assess and describe various learning styles. While each dimension represents a unique aspect of a learning style, it is important to remember that your own individual learning style may include a combination of these dimensions. For example, your learning style might include elements of extroverted, sensing, feeling, and perceiving learning styles.

Continue reading to learn more about each individual dimension in order to determine which combination best describes your unique style.

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