Using Superheroes To Memorize

using superheroes to memorize foreign language vocabularyDear Memorizers,

As you know, I am always dreaming up new ways to increase the number of stations in individual Memory Palaces.

A lot of people write in and tell me that these methods are utterly impractical, convoluted and counter-productive.

I’m not bothered by such emails, nor am I discouraged. I’m an idea man and only share concepts that I’ve actually tested. I’m also the sort who feels that 100 options are better than none – and the more options we have, the more we will succeed because we’ll be thinking from a strategic position rather than a reliant one. Never rely on a technique when you can leverage it. And when a technique stops producing results, rest or retire it.

But mnemonic skills rarely go wrong for those who understand, apply and practice the methods.

Unfortunately, most people don’t  make the effort.

As I wrote in the first edition of the Magnetic Memory newsletter (grab it for your Kindle here) far too many people give up on a new skill after trying it only once.

In order to avoid falling prey to this habit, you’ll want to check out the material about giving it the good ol’ college try in that first newsletter, so please don’t miss it.

Now onto superheroes.

A lot of people have talked about using different parts of the body to store information.

For example, if you think of your own head as a Memory Palace, you can build a journey with a large number of stations in the following way:

1. Top of head

2. Forehead

3. Left ear

4. Left temple

5. Nose

6. Right ear

7. Nose

8. Upper lip

9. Lower lip

10. Chin

You can then work your way around the entire body, but if the miniscule body parts are too detailed for you, try scaling it down. For instance, you could proceed like this:

1. Head

2. Neck

3. Right Arm

4. Chest

5. Left Arm

6. Stomach

7. Right Leg

8. Left Leg

etc.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I only have one body.

However, other people have bodies too. Including superheroes.

Imagine this possibility.

You’ve got a Memory Palace in your house. You’ve got a bookcase, either real or imagined. On the first shelf of that case stand:

1. Batman

2. Superman

3. Thor

4. Hulk

etc.

If each of these had ten (or more) stations each, you can imagine that your individual stations would pile up rather quickly.

As for how to actually use the body to place your associative imagery, this will take some personal experimentation.

For myself, I just use the ear or the nose, for example, as a place to “hover” my imagery. They are little more than locations along a journey and it is more important for me that they are there as concepts than as actual locations. The whole point of the journey is that we can proceed from place to place without thinking about what comes next, so by deciding in advance to always start with the head, it’s a relatively simple matter to wander around down the body from there.

What if you don’t like or know superheroes?

No problem.

Ice skaters, politicians, actors, cartoon characters, toy figures, friends, enemies … the possibilities are endless.

If you’re an experimenter, give this method a try and let me know how it works for you. And if you want more help, this video course will give you good guidance.

Until next time, be a superhero to others and make sure to teach someone what you have learned about memorization. It’s 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.

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