How we learn, gain experience and achieve maturity

In the diagram above 'A' is an event about which we make a decision (an intuitive act of will or volition in very young children), 'B' is previous experience on which we draw in order to make '=' a decision, which leads to an outcome including the consequences of our decision. 

The top part is a feedback process, the outcome feeds back to our previous experience enlarging and expanding it, from which we can then draw when the next event comes along and the process repeats itself. 

This process starts at birth and is a life long and essentially very simple process. A + B = outcome and feeds back. This process represents the simple building blocks on which ever more complex maturity can and does occur. 

This process is fairly easy to predict in a baby because her or his needs are in tune with nature and are primal. As we mature it becomes increasingly and later impossible to predict how any human being will respond to an event because we have no idea what lies in their store house of experience, we also have no way to predict their decision in most cases, or the outcome, and we have no idea how that will feedback or how that will be processed or used in the future. 

This learning process continues unchanged throughout our lives, the formula doesn't need to change, there are no circumstances that can force it to change *. Yet the consistency and constancy of that formula gives rise to and enables astonishing complexity. If it could be built as a computer model, it would be impossible for any two models to grow in the same way.

This model is based on Chaos theory explaining ever greater complexity from simple building blocks.

* This model does not address how abuse and neglect affect the mind and its development which is covered here.

2011 Keith Lindsay-Cameron.