You know Power is an Obsession and a Desire for most of us. And as they say, Knowledge is Power and I couldn’t agree more.
And I’d like to add to that by saying that knowledge is also a form of self-care, as it helps maintain your intellectual well-being.
Knowledge is something that holds power over the whole human race.
Be it the lack of medical knowledge, the lack of academic knowledge, lack of general knowledge, or psychological knowledge limits people in terms of enhancing their current living standards as well as their intellectual health and capacity.
As much as it sounds devilish, knowledge holds the power to control humans on a subconscious level.
Modern Science suggests that humans are mostly governed by their own subconscious minds and that impacts our intellectual health overall.
And the knowledge that we feed ourselves, is how humans make decisions throughout their life.
To understand in-depth, the importance of knowledge and the ways to increase your knowledge for good intellectual health, let’s get to know:
What is knowledge? Why is Knowledge important? And What are the ways to increase your intellectual wellness and knowledge?
What is Knowledge?
Knowledge is a state of knowing some information, facts, or truth about thing(s).
In simpler terms, Knowledge is to know and to grow.
Knowledge makes one more intelligent and wiser and helps one to make better decisions in that area of knowledge.
An intellectually healthy human being constantly strives for new and different forms of knowledge.
Why is Knowledge Important?
Why is knowledge important?
Knowledge is important because
I. Knowledge helps with the cognitive abilities of a person.
II. Knowledge helps to improve one’s understanding of the world.
III. Knowledge allows a person to solve problems in a better way.
IV. Knowledge enables us to improve and advance ourselves and our community. Examples are Science and technology.
V. Knowledge allows one to think about things from different perspectives.
VI. Knowledge also makes learning easier for people.
VII. Knowledge is important for improving and maintaining intellectual health.
What are the Types Of Knowledge that impact our Intellectual Health?
What are the types of Knowledge that impact our intellectual health?
There are different types of knowledge, but mainly three types of knowledge that influence our intellect, namely,
- Explicit Knowledge
- Implicit Knowledge
- Tacit Knowledge
1. Explicit Knowledge
What is Explicit Knowledge?
Explicit knowledge is the type of knowledge that can be easily written, coded, recorded, and shared.
It is all types of direct, compact, and brief knowledge that can be expressed with language either in writing or speech, and can be easily accessed in the form of data, statistics, and information.
What are some examples of Explicit Knowledge?
A few examples of explicit knowledge include Books, Reports, FAQs, Databases, Video tutorials, Articles, Observations, etc.
2. Implicit Knowledge
What is Implicit Knowledge?
Implicit knowledge refers to all types of knowledge expressed indirectly but easily understood.
It is all types of knowledge that are implied by the clues surrounding the information, such as the choice of words, gestures, and tone.
The problem with implicit knowledge is that there is always a potential space for confusion and misinformation.
What are some examples of Implicit Knowledge?
A few examples of Implicit Knowledge include languages, innovation, creativity, aesthetics, etc.
3. Tacit Knowledge
What is Tacit Knowledge?
Tacit knowledge refers to all types of knowledge based on experience, beliefs, ideas, and practices that cannot necessarily be expressed in words or linguistics.
Tacit knowledge is a form of knowledge that is based more so on intuition and emotional intelligence and personal insights.
What are some examples of Tacit Knowledge?
A few examples of Tacit Knowledge include intuitive knowledge, life experiences, and things that you just know but can’t point out the HOWs and WHYs.
What are the ways to increase your Intellectual Wellness and Knowledge?
To be intellectually healthy is to keep investing your time in learning and gaining knowledge as much as you can.
So, How can you increase your knowledge base? What are the ways of increasing your intellectual wellness?
There are a few ways of increasing your intellectual wellness and knowledge store, some of them are:
- The first is quite an easy way to develop your knowledge store: just google anything and everything you want to read or know about. But there’s a catch to it, you must not fall into the trap of fake knowledge stuff as misinformation can prove to be very dangerous in the long run. So invest your time in trusted pages such as Wikipedia, government sites, etc.
- Get into a habit of Reading. Reading is excellent if you want to build your mental capacity and general knowledge. Read books whether it be your academic books or novels. You can also invest in reading newspapers, magazines, or online blogs and articles.
- Writing is also a great way of learning as writing ensures that what you learn or read is more so established in your mind palace. Writing what you’re reading generally helps people with better comprehension and remembrance. Also, Journaling is a great way of building up on tacit knowledge
- Researching. Now this one’s a bit time-consuming but is it not worth it? Hell No! This is the best way to build your intellect and knowledge with depth.
- Socialize. Talking to people of all kinds can help you with getting to know how the real practical world works. Building relationships with people will help you gain different kinds of knowledge and help you build your intellect, from tacit knowledge to explicit knowledge and implicit knowledge.
- Learn to listen more. Listening can help you upskill your knowledge base with more pace. For example, listening to informative podcasts can do wonders in building your knowledge base.
- Read your patterns of learning. Everyone has a way of learning, be it visual learning or auditory learning, or reading/writing learning.
- Teach someone else. Explain things to others on the topics you’re learning. When you teach others what you’ve read or studied, it ensures better comprehension and knowledge retention.
- Plan and Strategize your learning journey. For effective learning, you must ensure that you make a plan that’s more so time effective, else you’ll just get stuck in a loop of mindless learning which will not have the final output that you desire.
Following any few of the above-mentioned ways can have a great impact on your intellectual health over a while.
Knowledge holds the power to make or break a person, not just financially or careerwise, but also emotionally and mentally. As what you feed yourself shows outside.
Your physical health and mental health are affected by the food you intake, similarly, the knowledge that you feed yourself affects your intellectual health.
Knowledge is Power.
The importance of knowledge is such that it is the only asset that stays with you for the rest of your life.
And that’s why you must invest your time wisely into building and improving your basic knowledge of things.
Dr. Jonathan Mercer is a psychiatrist with a focus on mental health, specializing in the treatment of depression and anxiety. He is also trained in mindfulness and meditation techniques, promoting intellectual wellness and holistic mental health.