Learning, emotion, and the Goldilocks Zone

Super learners (a.k.a. learnaholics) feel great when they don’t understand. The rest of us are more likely to feel bad. This has big implications for learning in the Goldilocks Zone.

  1. Second, these individuals would find it more difficult to identify the Goldilocks Zone, because doing so depends on the ability to experience interest or curiosity about something that is not understood.
  • SEEK: Spend the next week paying attention to how you feel when you don’t understand something. Keep a running list of the feelings or sensations you experience.
  • APPLY: At the end of the week, clean up your list and order the feelings from most common to least common. Then compare your list to the word clouds on this page.
  • REFLECT: Think about how your feelings about not understanding might affect your interest in learning. Would they impede or support your desire to learn? What could you do to overcome emotions that might interfere with your desire to learn?
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