The Seven Deadly Sins of Mnemonics

800px-Hieronymus_Bosch_-_The_Seven_Deadly_Sins_(detail)_-_WGA2502Dear Memorizers,

Here’s a fantastic video about the Seven Deadly Sins of Memory:

These little tips are all based on science and stuff …

… so they must be true!

What’s the cure for these Seven Deadly Sins?

I’ll give you one guess. Two words.

First word Memory.

Second word Palace.

And here’s the thing.

The Seventh Deadly Sin is “persistence.” As he says in the video, our memories of certain events from the past can follow us around for years because they were so darn traumatic.

But there’s a bright side amidst all that darkness.

We can use the same characteristics that make our memories persistent for the wrong reasons to make them durable for the things we do want to memorize.

Building personalized Memory Palaces in the right manner is the foundation. I talk about precisely how to do this in the Magnetic Memory series books and Volumes I, II, III and IV of this newsletter you’ve got right now on your screen.

With those structures in place, it’s simply a matter of making sure your associations are bright, vibrant, colorful and filled with action.


I know that some people struggle with this part, and I have to admit that it wasn’t all that easy for me in the beginning either.

To get more visual, I started drawing. I went to art galleries. I started thinking more about the composition of the screen in movies.

Even before learning about the Seven Deadly Sins of Memory (which I first encountered about 10 minutes ago), I knew about the importance of trauma in making memories last.

And that’s why as often as possible – when I really, really … really, really – want to memorize something, I use absurdity and the kind of rough behavior one finds in the old Road Runner cartoons.

That stuff for the obvious (and scientific) reasons talked about in the video I’m sending you today. I hope you enjoyed it!

Until next time, study some art, watch some cartoons and then teach someone else what you’ve learned about Memory Palaces. Teaching a skill is one of the best ways to learn it and helping people improve their memory is one of the best ways we can make the world a better place. The more we remember, the more we can remember. And the more we learn, the more we can learn.

Anthony Metivier is the founder of the Magnetic Memory Method, a systematic, 21st Century approach to memorizing foreign language vocabulary in a way that is easy, elegant, effective and fun.

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