Methodologies for the Adaptable Mindset

— Learning should be an experience —

This teaching is built on many different methodologies. From scientifically proven methods to shift your mindset, to philosophical theories on how to get out of your current mindset. Sprinkled with inspirational and mind opening examples of: art, movies, games, technology and philosophy. — Brought in a fun and inspiring way.


Based on theories by:
Nassim Taleb, Hannah Arendt, Robert Kegan, Byung-Chul Han, Socrates, Johan Huizinga, Imperial College London, Duke University, University of North Carolina, Washington University in St. Louis, Michael Pollan, John W Gardner, John Kay, Stuart Brown and many more.

Teaching methodologies, to reach your full potential

Playful learning
The entire experience should bring you in a positive and open mindset. Brain-based research shows this is the best setting to create superior learning experiences. You retain the content more when you have a strong positive emotion.

Brain-Based Research

Neuroimaging and neurochemical research support an education model in which stress and anxiety are not pervasive (Chugani, 1998; Pawlak, Magarinos, Melchor, McEwan, & Strickland, 2003). This research suggests that superior learning takes place when classroom experiences are enjoyable and relevant to students’ lives, interests, and experiences.

Many education theorists (Dulay & Burt, 1977; Krashen, 1982) have proposed that students  retain what they learn when the learning is associated with strong positive emotion. Cognitive psychology studies provide clinical evidence that stress, boredom, confusion, low motivation, and anxiety can individually, and more profoundly in combination, interfere with learning (Christianson, 1992).

Playfulness for adaptability

The element of play is used to make the learning experience enjoyable, but also works in favor of developing an adaptable mindset. Dr Stuart brown, medical doctor, psychiatrist and clinical researcher has spent years of research on the necessity of play for adaptability. 

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul  – April 6, 2010 by Stuart Brown

Art to break free
Hannah Arendt, a famous philosopher, says: the role of art is for the thinking to no longer produce fixed opinions, but the new, in a sense —so that the not yet thought of can take shape. In this course art is used to get you to produce new, not yet thought of ideas.

Methods to train flow, awareness, calm and focus

Validated methodologies based on the latest neuroscience and ancient buddhist teachings are used to create a calm and focused mind. Research shows that the methods used create significant improvement in attention, awareness, memory, vigilance, creativity and cognitive flexibility. The University of North Carolina found that even after four days of applying these techniques results were made. ( Zeidan et al. consciousness and cognition) Different examples and methods are explored, to experience states of flow, an important factor for happiness and productivity. 

Habit forming behavior
To actually evolve one must create habits to support this constant development. There are exercises which tailor to this need for habit forming behavior.

Research suggests that around 45% of our daily actions are habitual (Wood et al., 2002; Wood et al., 2005; Wood & Neal, 2007; Evans & Stanovich, 2013). According to science habits are learned, contextual, automatic responses (Verplanken & Aarts, 1999; Wood & Neal, 2007). Habits form as people pursue goals in daily life. When repeatedly performing a behavior in a particular context, people develop implicit associations in memory between contexts and responses. Instrumental and Hebbian learning processes are involved (Wood & Runger 2016)

Exercises and daily habits can help you in achieving your goal of breaking out of your default mode mindset, becoming more happy and help you in obtaining your adaptable mindset. 

University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam

Robert Overweg built an online course together with the University of Applied Sciences of Amsterdam and its derivative the Digital Society School, on how to acquire an adaptable mindset. The portal you are currently looking at is the market representative of the course.

University of applied scienes DSS Robert Overweg