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Love of Learning
"I am motivated to acquire new levels of knowledge, or deepen my existing knowledge or skills in a significant way."
Become Aware Of Your Strength
What is Love of Learning?
Love of learning means a passion for learning, a desire to learn just for learning’s sake. In fact, curiosity and love of learning are among the most closely related strengths in the VIA Classification. They can still be distinguished though. While curiosity is the motivating force that leads you to seek out new information, love of learning refers to the desire to hold on to and deepen that information. The curious person is motivated by the pursuit of knowledge; the person who loves learning is motivated by the expansion of their fund of knowledge. Where curiosity is often associated with a great deal of energy and a drive to gather information, the lover of learning is often more contemplative. Love of learning describes the way in which a person engages new information and skills. Love of learning is a strength that teachers would like to see in their students, parents want to encourage in their children, therapists support in their clients, and employers try to foster in their employees. It has important motivational consequences because it helps people persist through challenges, setbacks and negative feedback.
Explore Your Strength
Reflect on how you’ve used love of learning in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.
Apply Your Strength
How can you make the most of love of learning in your everyday life? In the moments that matter most? Here are some ideas.
- Deliberately learn five new words, including their meaning and usage, at least twice a week.
- Read a non-fiction book monthly on a topic you find absorbing and engaging.
- Consider a community topic that is important to you. Spend time learning all you can about the topic, issue, phenomenon, or situation. Then think about how you can use that knowledge to contribute to the community.