Unlearning is necessary in the tech reskilling process, and in life. What is unlearning and why is it relevant when acquiring a new profession or new skills? Read all about it.
What is Unlearning?Unlearning is the removal of patterns of thinking, brought upon us by society, upbringings, and other institutions, that no longer contain value. By unlearning we create space for new ways of thinking that better enhance our lives, work, and personal relationships. As Mark Bonchek, CEO of ShiftThink, explains, “unlearning is not about forgetting. It’s the ability to choose an alternative mental model or paradigm.” In the Harvard Business Review, Boncheck generalizes the unlearning process into three key steps:
- Recognize that the old mental model is no longer relevant or effective.
- Find or create a new model that can better achieve your goal.
- Ingrain the new mental habits.