AEE 167: Can You Find Power in Your English Mistakes?

CavemanCan your English mistakes help you be a better English learner? 

If so, why do we feel so vulnerable when we admit them?

Today we talk about why your brain is still stuck in caveman days, and how it affects your English success!

Brene Brown researches vulnerability and how it comes up in the process of learning something like a new language.

Teachers sometimes use shame to make their students work harder.  Shame can motivate.  But it doesn’t allow you to take risks and grow as a person.

Mistakes aren’t shameful – they’re powerful opportunities to learn.

They are memorable and allow us to grow.  Focusing on the negative part of shame comes from the primitive part of the brain.  It is a fear response to a threat.

But if we recognize this, we can use shame to help us remember and learn.

Do you think it’s harder for men to see their mistakes/shame as power?

Are there expectations in society or in families that make this difficult?

Tell us what you think in the comments section below!

 

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