Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder largely connected with, the outdoors, including wide-open spaces, city streets and even interior public spaces such as museums and shopping malls.
Now, when it comes to building Memory Palaces, I don’t really think there is such a thing as Memory Palace Agoraphobia, but I sometimes wonder if we aren’t limiting our potential by primarily using indoor locations.
Yet, indoor locations are perfect because they allow us to begin the journey at a terminus, at a fixed beginning point that has no “backdoor,” so to speak. This allows us to move ever-outward and helps us avoid crossing our own paths.
I realized on the train today that, although many of my journeys include outdoor stations, I have only a handful of Memory Palaces that both begin and end outside. It starts at the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and ends … well, it actually never ends because I can always add more, but it is currently built out all the way down to Krumme Lanke in Zehlendorf (trust me, that’s a lot of territory). It also weaves in and out of various buildings: two movie theaters, three libraries, a school I once attended, etc.
I really don’t know how many of you are going about constructing your alphabetized Memory Palaces, so I’m holding an ongoing contest to find out.
Here’s how it’s going to work:
In order to enter the contest, you need to send in 10 Memory Palace journeys. You can create them anyway you like, or use the Magnetic Memory Worksheets.
You can also create Memory Palace:
* Top-down lists
In order to be eligible for the top prize (90% off your one-time investment in the Magnetic Memory Method video course), 5 of your Memory Palaces must be interior and 5 must be exterior.
I also want you to populate one of your Memory Palaces with vocabulary and indicate which associative mnemonic imagery you used to make your target word magnetic.
That’s all you have to do.
There are no second and third place prizes, just 90% off your investment in my course.
In the meantime, maintain an awareness of exterior locations and their potential. One of the dangers I see in starting outdoors is that there are multiple “back doors.” For example, there are countless ways that I can circle back to the Canadian Embassy, which suggests to me that this particular journey needs to “end” in a terminal location, rather than begin in one.
That said, because so much of the journey relies on inner-city transit, to continue building the palace, I need only mentally hop onto a train and continue the journey in a completely new location.
Until next time, make sure to teach someone what you have learned about memorization. It really is the best way to deepen your own understanding and to help make the world a better – and more memorable – place. The more we remember, the more we can remember, and the more we learn, the more we can learn.