Автор: Елена Роулингс-Смит,
Университет практической психологии

Curve of the learning process (A. Bandura)

Look at the chart. From the "Beginning" point upwards there is a smooth green dotted line - a curve of expected competence. That is, a person expects that his skill in some business will increase evenly and with good dynamics. But in fact we get a picture, which is shown on the graph as a blue curve.

In the beginning, when a person is just starting to learn, there is a leap - he learns a lot of new things, quickly learned something simple. The first successes, the optimism associated with them. Then, when the first enthusiasm subsides, there is regression, a rollback. Some distant people say: "I do not see any changes, I do not understand how these exercises improve my life." This is exactly the period of regression, rollback. And then there is a bifurcation point, which is called "Overcoming Barrier" on the graph. A person either stops training and returns to the level of initial competence (nothing changes in his life), or makes an effort and continues training, day after day performing the exercise. And its level is growing.

The rate of personal development is individual. Someone got rid of garbage denials for a week, someone the fourth month continues to pierce this child’s exercise. And with more complex and unobvious, such as "Mistake" and "Do not sacrifice," the process is generally creative. Therefore, it is not necessary to give a strict assessment of how quickly a person has learned. It is better to estimate the amount of effort that he puts into the work. If people honestly put a lot of effort, and the results are not obvious, then it is better for him to think about changing the strategy and ways of working, not the goal.

Let’s return to the schedule. At some point, the distractor seems to have built in the habit, it’s time to take the exercise. He feels professional, he shares his experience with colleagues. Exercise is given on a cheerful note, after which, as a rule, regression begins again gradually. After all, the concentration of attention moves from this task to another. At some point, you need to make an effort again, pass the barrier of overcoming, so that the skill really built in. Then there will come a point where the synergetic effect will begin to appear, that is, the effectiveness increases, a new understanding of the meaning of the exercise arises, new skills work together.

Personal development consists in the discovery of new opportunities and the formation of new skills. Thus, it is possible to consider the whole process of personal development with an eye on the Bandura Curve and assess the difficulties as natural regression periods that will allow us to move to a new level of competence only if we make some efforts.


The metaphor on the topic…

Working on yourself is like working in a garden. If you let it go, everything will be weathered to the waist. Because fingers and seeds of weeds (negative suggestions), unfortunately, in our strip all the time fly in the air and fall on the fertile soil of human souls. And sprout and multiply with terrible force, if you do not follow the city.

But if daily monitor and calibrate their mental state for the presence of weeds and clean unnecessary, then in the shower will be neat platters.

Most people weed their garden only from time to time. Then there is relief, and for a while the garden has a decent appearance. There is an illusion that this will always be so. Unfortunately, it is not. Purely it happens only where it is cleaned. Everyday. And the person, every morning waking up, unconsciously decides what will grow in his garden and, accordingly, what crop he will collect.

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