In today's fast paced society, we are constantly learning new information and we need better memories to remember it all. Students need better memories for studying and taking exams. People need better memories to be successful in their careers, and we all need better memories to remember important dates and facts.
However, most people have trouble remembering new facts and ideas. Memory problems often occur as we age, but there are other factors that impair our memories, such as stress, fatigue, depression, and concentration problems. Fortunately, there are a myriad of ways to improve your memory using easy mnemonic techniques and hypnosis and memory enhancement.
Mnemonic devices are helpful memory retention techniques. They can be in the forms of words, pictures, or any other associations that help you link concepts and information together. Acronyms are a common mnemonic device formed using the initial letters of words or word parts in a phrase or name. Let's say you want to memorize a shopping list of eggs, soap, cheese, ham, and salsa. You could come up with the acronym "CHESS" for cheese, ham, eggs, soap, and salsa. The acronym and the effort you put into generating it help you memorize the list.
sentences are similar to acronyms. You can use acrostics to
memorize ordered lists or sequences of events. In an
acrostic, you use the first letters, syllables, or words of
a phrase to remember a different message. In school,
students are taught the acrostic sentence "Please
Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" to remember the order of
operations in mathematics (Parentheses, Exponents,
Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction).
Another famous mnemonic device is called the "Method of
Loci." This technique was used in ancient times to
memorize speeches. In this method, you link information to
visual cues along a path. First, you think of a physical
route you are familiar with, such as the commute to work, or
a walk through your house. Imagine yourself traveling along
this route, and identify specific landmarks that you pass
by. Each landmark will correspond to something you wish to
remember. Once you have identified your path and landmarks,
you mentally associate a piece of information with each
Another technique is the "chunking" method of
memorization. This method is useful in memorizing series of
numbers, such as dates, phone numbers, and social security
numbers. For example, you probably remember your social
security number as a set of three, two and four digit
numbers, or three sets of three digits. Using the chunking
method, you break up a large amount of information into
"chunks" that are easier to manage and remember.
You can also organize information into categories to help
you remember more complex things.
Now that you know these techniques, you can use them when
you are trying to remember information. To successfully form
a memory, concentrate on what you are trying to remember,
taking a few seconds to process the information. Eliminate
distractions from your environment that take your focus away
from what you want to memorize. Write down the information,
read it aloud, and try to engage all of your senses when you
are learning new information. If you can experience or
associate the information with all of your senses, you will
remember it better.
Stress will impair your ability to focus and remember
information, so you must relax! To cope with stress, you may
be interested in using hypnosis to improve memory and recall
abilities. Although memorization tricks are helpful, stress
and lack of focus are the top reasons why people struggle
with memory problems and can inhibit your success using the
techniques. If stress and concentration problems are causing
your memory problems, you can use hypnosis to improve memory
and recall abilities significantly. Your memory will be
enhanced by combining memorization methods with hypnosis and
hypnosis memory improvement techniques can help you
relax and focus on information. Hypnosis and memory
techniques help improve your short-term memory by increasing
your awareness, so you never forget things such as where you
left your keys or wallet. Hypnosis and memory enhancement
can also help you overcome anxieties that interfere with
your ability to remember things, such as nervousness during
an exam or a presentation at work. Many students suffer from
test anxiety, but this can be overcome by hypnotherapy.
Similarly, many people "freeze" and forget
information during public speeches, a problem that can also
be overcome by self hypnosis memory improvement techniques.
Hypnotherapy is the best way for people to remember and
recall information because it calms the mind and increases
the ability to concentrate. You can let hypnosis and memory
work together to eliminate your memory problems. Someday,
hypnosis and memory may become inseparable as people
discover how hypnotherapy can improve their lives.
© 2007 By Alan B.
Densky, CH. This
document may NOT be re-printed. All Rights Reserved.
Alan B. Densky, CH has
specialized in the practice of hypnotherapy and NLP since
1978. He offers hypnosis
& NLP CD's for memory and recall enhancement. Visit
his Neuro-VISION NLP
site for free resources & MP3 downloads, and his
Hypnosis Video Blog for tips & tricks.