Love of Learning | Character Strengths | VIA Institute

Become Aware Of Your Strength

Understand what love of learning is all about so you can begin recognizing it in yourself and others.
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.

Which virtue is this strength?
Love of Learning is a strength within the virtue category of wisdom, one of six virtues that subcategorize the 24 strengths. Wisdom describes strengths that help you gather and use knowledge. The other strengths in Wisdom are creativity , curiosity , judgment , love of learning , and perspective .
What the Science Says

Research findings on the benefits of the strength of love of learning found Love of learning leads to the development of a deeper base of knowledge, enhancing competency and efficacy. Those high in love of learning tend to do well in school and read a good deal. They are often quiet or introverted. This is not always the case for those high in curiosity. Love of learning has been associated with healthy, productive aging.

Explore Your Strength

Reflect on how you’ve used love of learning in the past, in everyday life and during special or critical times.

Questions to Help You Understand Your Strength Better
  • What areas of learning (factual knowledge, people, skills, philosophy, or spirituality) do you find most interesting? What areas of learning do you find least interesting?
  • What is it that you love about learning?
  • How does the breadth and depth of your knowledge affect your relationships, from people recently met to people who are close to you?
Examples of this Strength in Action

Wondering about times that you may be using this strength? Here are a few examples of love of learning at work in the world.

  • Seeking out someone with whom you can have an in-depth conversation on a topic of mutual interest or a topic you are interested in learning more about.
  • During a work break, using 5–10 minutes to learn something new on a specific topic that interests you.
  • Visiting a building or new business in your community and taking the opportunity to learn more about it through as many forms of media you can.

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.
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