Analogous Learning

Analogous learning is something we do all the time.  It’s part of the natural way we build off experience, it’s a major part of how we understand the world and even a large part of our language. From parables to catch phrases, fairy tales, wives tales, teachers and coaches striving to reach students, it’s an inherent part of how we communicate and how we think.  “Don’t cry wolf, like white on rice, water under the bridge, playing guitar is like making love to a woman.”  Analogies speak to our most basic senses of intuition, personal experience, and even sense of humor.  They help to put the inexplicable parts of instruction into words, they are the way we attempt to bridge the gap between experience and concept.

In learning the value of play and how to incorporate an attitude of play in every activity, analogous learning is important as it makes any experience valuable.  There are lessons to be gained everywhere.  This encourages trying new activities as well as undermining our tendencies to over judge ourselves and kill our motivation.  By paying extra attention to analogies in our lives, nothing is wasted and we understand that.  Play helps with work and work helps with play.  No reason to feel guilty over a day of golf, fishing or making cookies, you are still gaining more experiences to learn from.

Focusing on the concept also pushes our desire to experiment.  It exemplifies how having different experiences rounds out ones understanding and enjoyment in life.  This then can be applied at a smaller level.  Experimenting with different methods and styles of doing something can round out one’s understanding and enjoyment of that activity.


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