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Ph. D. Dawn Markova
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November 15, 1996
In The Open Mind you will discover that the answers to many personality riddles lie in the particular way your mind works. Understanding your unique pattern and the ones of the people you know will revolutionize the way you communicate, work, and love.

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Exploring the psychology of human learning, Markova (senior affiliate, the Organizational Learning Ctr., MIT) theorizes that all people distill auditory, visual, and kinesthetic stimuli into one of six basic patterns of learning. She came to this conclusion through her broad-based, firsthand experience as a teacher, being especially observant of the habits exhibited by children who would not fit into the standard norms. This book is far more than a narrative of her work and research, however; it is also a self-help work that "teaches you to use the instrument of your mind to learn more easily and communicate more effectively." Each proposed learning pattern is examined in detail, with readers being instructed on how to recognize their pattern and to integrate this recognition into daily living and learning. This interesting and well-written book deserves a place as well in general psychology collections in libraries of all types.
David M. Turkalo, Suffolk Univ. Law Sch. Lib., Boston
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Red Wheel / Weiser (November 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573240648
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573240642
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most profound influences in my life July 6, 1998
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From professional colleagues to the family members who drive me crazy to my spouse, this book has truly changed the way I relate to people. Through gaining an understanding of how people communicate--how we all have our own unique mind--I now understand how I can most effectively listen to others, speak my heart and connect with people on their terms. Most importantly, I understand my own particular quirks and needs (and realize they're not "quirks" but simply how my mind processes, etc.) and I cherish those qualities in myself--and work with them--instead of trying to change them to fit another way of thinking. This book has been instrumental in helping me take charge of the interactions I have in my life, and it has been one of the most profound influences of my adult relationship life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant theory, comprehensively written July 17, 2003
By Anna
Dr. Markova's learning process ideas have vastly altered the way I view, work with, and relate to others. While acknowledging that people's minds work differently (and beautifully in their respective ways), she has made it clear that no two people are fated to lock horns! This book provides practical tips on building and maintaining a relationship with someone whose learning pattern is different from one's own.
I appreciate her brevity, also. It's a simple theory, though an exceptional one. But Markova doesn't embellish her ideas, slapping wordy technical terms on everything. These concepts speak for themselves. She gives further insight where it's needed, but mostly the reader is allowed to make his/her own interpretations. This is not heavy reading, (easily digestible for a college freshman such as myself!) but enlightening nonetheless.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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Based on her work as a hypnotherapist, Markova has extended the idea of three channels of communication -- auditory, visual, and kinesthetic -- by matching them to the conscious, subconscious, and unconscious mind, producing six personality types: A in the conscious, V in the sub, and K in the un, with permutations of those. Well-written, with many examples and anecdotes. Stimulating theory. This book is a rewrite of "The Art of the Possible."
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond "Learning Styles" August 19, 2007
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One of my favorite and most often returned to books. Goes beyond one's so-called "learning style" to include the strengths of the sensory modalities beyond the one preferred for conscious understanding. What helps some concentrate, for example, will space out others. Fascinating, very useful, and part of a growing trend which recognizes individual differences as strengths, not as problems to be fixed. Instead of forcing people apart, this kind of understanding can bring people closer together. Highly recommended.

Also by Dawna Markova and Anne Powell, "How Your Child Is Smart" is helpful for parents, or anyone who wants to give their children the gift of a self-validating start in life. This could make a world of difference in a child's experience of school, not to mention life in general. A must for any teacher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"Dawna Markova, Ph.D., is internationally known for her ground-breaking research in perception and learning.
Currently a senior affiliate of the Organizational Learning Center at MIT, she has established learning communities around the country and founded the Institute of Human Ecology.
Her previous books include How Your Child is Smart, No Enemies Within, and, with her husband and business partner, Andy Bryner, An Unused Intelligence.
She is one of the co-editors of Random Acts of Kindness and Kids' Random Acts of Kindness."

"Dr. Markova teaches that each of us uses one of six learning patterns, all based on the way we process auditory, visual, and kinesthetic information.
If your conscious mind is most stimulated by movement, for instance, it will be hard for you to learn while sitting still.
If, on the other hand, movement stimulates your unconscious mind, you may find competitive sports frustrating.
In The Open Mind, Dr. Markova guides you through detailed descriptions of each thinking pattern and teaches how to recognize them in yourself and other."

"Very helpful...powerful exercises.
--- Sidney Rosen,
Founding president,
New York Erikson Society for Psychology and Hypnosis
[from the book of the back cover]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dawna Markova's Open Mind December 12, 2007
I first read Dawna Markova's book, The Open Mind, ten years ago. It has improved every relationship in my life and, coupled with the Enneagram, has changed my life. I use it every day. This book was a gift to a friend. I have recommended it to everyone I know who is willing to listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This seems to be mostly a rehash of Art of the Possible, by the same author. I am hopeing that some other books of the author are not so.

Still, if I bothered to read it more closely perhaps I would discern more golden nuggets than I have so far , that weren't in Art of the Possible. See my review of that book for more information.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Purely anecdotal
No scientific research. No third party studies. Possibly helpful for people with learning disabilities. For people who learn easily, the book is irrelevant. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Wildwood
4.0 out of 5 stars takes the focus off 'what has been done TO me ...
takes the focus off 'what has been done TO me; to creative growth from processing into wisdom.....a refreshing approach in a world taking the 'blame/victim' weakening thought... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Harriette Crain
3.0 out of 5 stars Practical but Flawed
This book is flawed in many ways. It is practical but not based on recent research. It may work if you believe it to be valid. Read more
Published 22 months ago by T. Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I have had many friends tell me about this book. I ordered it and have started reading and find it very interesting. The book came quickly and was as described.
Published on December 29, 2011 by Sandy Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
The book is superb as a foundation to understand we all learn learn differently any why that is. In my opinion it's a must read for educators, parents and anyone who is in a... Read more
Published on December 13, 2011 by Reut Schwartz-hebron
5.0 out of 5 stars Better understand your loved ones
This book takes a deeper look at what makes us glaze over when someone talks to us at length, why we zone out while watching TV or listening to music and what makes our minds drift... Read more
Published on June 13, 2008 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful, though somewhat dated content, poor quality cover
Though only a short way through the book, I've already found the content relevant and useful.

I understand Markova wrote this for a popular audience, yet I find myself... Read more
Published on April 16, 2008 by Tara Severns
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Dawna Markova, Ph.D., is the CEO emeritus of Professional Thinking Partners. Internationally known for her research in the fields of learning and perception, she is a former senior affiliate of the Society for Organizational Learning, originated at MIT's Sloan School of Management, and the co-author of the international bestseller Random Acts of Kindness. She lives in Hawaii.

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