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The importance of studying for mental development


When we finish high school we begin to think about what we want to do with our lives: do we study? we work? We travel? Many young people find this questioning the  first great decision in their life , which generates an amount of anxiety that may well lead to anguish or, on the other hand, great motivation.

Although it is such a general rethinking in young people, each particular case must be individualized, since behind every specific individual there is a family, a specific context of existence, a society.

Why is it important to study?

This question can be answered in several ways. Study is a very valuable weapon in a person’s life. Thanks to study we can constantly incorporate new knowledge that allows us to develop our thoughts, skills and abilities.

For each person, the study has different meaning and importance in their life. Some think that we study to be successful in life, others think that it is necessary to study because if we do not study we will not get good grades and we will not have a bright future, others study to satisfy the needs of their parents and leave aside the true importance of education. knowledge acquisition.

“I study to be someone in life” , this is probably a phrase that we hear frequently when asked why study, but this phrase is far from being a true answer, in fact, it is a totally wrong answer. Possibly the people who answer that they study to be “someone” in life do not reflect on the meaning behind that phrase; perhaps they are under social pressure or have some kind of self-esteem problem that prevents them from identifying as “someone.”

We are “someone” from the moment we are born , from the moment our first inhalation occurs, our first cry. our arrival in this world full of surprises. From that moment on we began to hone our skills. First we do it according to the stimuli provided by the environment, learning and perfecting skills such as speaking or walking; Later, other skills will be perfected, including: emotional skills, motor skills and coordination, development of perception and, later, logical thinking. So … we can say that since we are born we are in a constant study practice , learning something new every day and developing new skills.

The truth is that we study to obtain tools that help us survive better than our peers. We study a university degree because in this society it is believed that intelligence is embodied in a university degree and, whoever possesses it will be better than the other. A serious mistake.

How could it be that the subject’s intelligence is captured on paper? First of all, we must clarify that there are different types of intelligence. After the industrial revolution, it was believed that a person was intelligent if they developed well in the area of ​​mathematics or language, but thanks to the paradigm shift, we now know that this is not the case.

With the theory of multiple intelligences proposed by Howard Gardner, it was possible to show that intelligence can be divided into 8 subtypes , namely: logical-mathematical, body-kinesthetic, linguistic, spatial, musical, naturalistic, interpersonal and intrapersonal. These intelligences can develop at any time in life and a person can excel in a specific type of intelligence or in several.

Knowing all this we can answer the initial question, why is it important to study? It is important to study because, only by studying and learning new knowledge can we develop our mind; understand our origins: who we are, how we got here, how we were created, how the universe was created; understand our culture: the history of past times, revolutions and power struggles that make society. Above all, we can find the meaning of our identity, expand our thoughts and not just stay on the basics that they wanted to instill in us.

How to study?

The basis of the study is interest. When we become interested in something, it becomes easier for us to understand it ; This happens because the brain recognizes that information as something pleasant and pleasant. On the other hand, when we study in a forced way, something that is not of our interest but we must learn it anyway, the brain works in the opposite way providing us with displeasure , this is the cause that some study subjects are more difficult and tedious than others.

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Studying can be something theoretical like reading or listening to different theories, but it can also be through practice and experience . Experiencing what you have learned will undoubtedly be the best way to acquire knowledge. It has been shown that study based on experience tends to lead to a better application of knowledge (wisdom).

Studying is the way we turn data and information into knowledge. Most students study for memorization. That’s a short-term gain at best. If we study to understand, then we will incorporate knowledge for life.

The correct way to study is understanding rather than cramming. The knowledge understood are those that remain in our mind and those that can later be applied and explained. You can remember a lot by understanding and for a long time, however, if we stock up on knowledge that we do not fully understand, these will be stored in short-term memory and then disappear. If we have knowledge, then we can answer everything.

The decision to pursue a career

Within each young person who has chosen to study there are a series of movements that make them decide on this or that career. Many experience what is the family pressure of having to do a university degree to “be able to be successful in life”, to which I wonder, does only a university degree make us succeed in life? to which I answer with a resounding “no”.

Social pressures like this type create in many young people the illusion of a happy future , of recognition that must be reached with effort and dedication. “My son the doctor”, phrase of the famous Uruguayan playwright Florencio Sánchez that still has value in many families.

But you do not have to come from a demanding family to experience these types of issues since, like all social representation, it sneaks into the unconscious network of representations and we make them part of ourselves, without really questioning where they come from and why. we think about them. And with this I do not want to give a value judgment since otherwise all students would be wrong, since we all choose according to a story, a context that makes us be and choose, do and undo.

For this reason, it is healthy to think about the reason for the choice, and to think that all why is valid as long as we find enjoyment in it. The pressure to find a vocation in life creates a significant amount of anxiety. You can try different areas, different careers until you find yourself in which we feel comfortable and see our true vocation in it. Pauses can be made within a race if we feel overwhelmed, confused … this pause will precisely be the key to clarify our thoughts and realize if we really are where we want, or if this race meets previous expectations.

But the vocation is constantly built, formed and deformed throughout a career, in the least of cases it is already given in advance.

Many start a career without knowing very well what it is about and find their vocation in it; Others think they know what they are going to study and find something totally different than what they were prepared for. others who choose a career because for example they are related to letters and realize that for reasons that the career itself touches the letters are not theirs and present another type of intelligence; others – neither more nor less fortunate – begin their studies already knowing what they want to do and find in that career the necessary tools to carry out what they want for their lives.

Finally, we will emphasize that the fact of thinking of tertiary study as a career often leads to living it as just that, a career, in which if I take a break I could lose it. It is a good option to think of it as a path through which we pass,  but at the same time we stop, take our time, look sideways, enjoy knowing and feel the pleasure of knowing.


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Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of ​​Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.

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