How to Rapidly Defeat Memory Palace Agoraphobia

Image of a room to illustrate a problem some people have with Memory Palace with agoraphobia

Memory Palace with agoraphobia

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).

This Memory Palace using the journey method or Method of Loci, 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. Or, if you’re not ready yet, try these sensory memory exercises.

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:

* Drawings

Excel files

* Top-down lists

* etc.

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.

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.

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