Devil’s advocate for introverts

As it turns out, introverts can now fully enjoy studying on their own. A group from Teachers College, Columbia University, has just published a study revealing that “solitary discourse”, as they call it, is a very effective way of learning.

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Explain it to yourself

This is how it is supposed to happen: after reading new material, try to explain it to a mini-version of you. Basically, imitate a schizoid person: divide your personality in two but unequal parts: a bigger and wiser You explaining the contents of a book to a smaller and, let’s put it that way, less intelligent you.

It’s a simple and powerful technique: while explaining, you understand better. Old-school-nerds know this tactic very well, but as it was generally accepted previously,¬†you should have a partner. Now with this new evidence, we can safely announce:

We don’t need anyone else to study!

This little mental exercise helps you realize where your lacoons are, what you need to revise, and how to talk to absolute idiots, or, the rest of the world.

Scholars Julia Zavala and Deanna Kuhn argue that those who used this practice had more detailed knowledge of the subject, could remember more information, and generally, showed better results in studying a matter.

That being said, let’s rock, my fellow introverts. We have now a scientific backup to justify our solitude.