Hypnotic Mental Tricks To Develop Your Ability To Concentrate And Recall

Published: 06th February 2008
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In our fast paced society, we are constantly learning new things and we need to have a better memory to remember it all. Students need a better memory for learning and doing well on examinations. People need a better memory to be successful in their jobs, and we all need better memories to recall important facts and dates. However, most people have trouble recalling new facts and ideas. Memory deficiencies typically come about as we age, but there are many factors that affect our memories, such as fatigue, stress, depression, and difficulty concentrating. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to improve your memory using easy mnemonic techniques and hypnotherapy and memory enhancement.

Mnemonic devices are helpful memory retention techniques. They come in the forms of words, pictures, or any other associations that help you link information and concepts to each other. Acronyms are a popular mnemonic device formed using the initial letters of words or parts of words in a name or phrase. Let's say you need to remember a shopping list of cheese, eggs, salsa, ham, and soap. You might 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 remember the list.

Acrostic sentences are similar to acronyms. Acrostics are useful for remembering ordered lists or sequences of events. In an acrostic, you use the first letters, syllables, or words of a sentence to recall a different message. In school, students are taught the acrostic sentence "Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally" to recall the order of operations in mathematics (Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, Subtraction).

Another well-known mnemonic technique is known as the "Method of Loci." This method 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 pathway you are familiar with, such as the commute to work or a walk through your house. Envision yourself traveling down this pathway, 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 landmark.

Another technique is the "chunking" method of memorization. This method is helpful in memorizing a series of numbers, such as social security numbers, phone numbers, and dates. 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 technique, you break up a sizeable amount of information into "chunks" that are much easier to manage and commit to memory. You can also group information into categories to help you recall more complex things.

Now that you have learned these methods, you can utilize them when you are trying to recall information. To successfully form a memory, focus on what you are trying to commit to memory, taking a few seconds to process the information. You should eliminate distractions from your environment that divert your attention from what you need to learn. Jot down the information, read it aloud, and try to engage all of your senses when you are learning new things. If you can experience or associate the information with all of your senses, you will remember it better.

Stress can impair your ability to concentrate and memorize information, so you must remain calm! To cope with anxiety, you may be interested in using hypnotherapy to improve concentration, memory and recall abilities. Although memorization tricks are useful, stress and lack of focus are the key reasons why people suffer from memory problems and can hamper your success using the techniques. If anxiety and concentration issues are the cause of your memory troubles, you can use hypnotherapy to improve memory and recall abilities significantly. Your memory will be greatly improved by combining memorization tricks with hypnotherapy and memory improvement techniques.

Self-hypnosis memory improvement techniques can help you de-stress and concentrate on information. Self-hypnosis and memory tricks will improve your short-term memory by increasing your awareness, so you never forget things such as where you left your keys or wallet. Self-hypnosis and memory enhancement can also help you overcome anxieties that interfere with your memory, such as anxiousness before a presentation at work or an exam. Many students suffer from test anxiety, but this can be overcome by hypnosis therapy. Likewise, many people "freeze" and forget information during public speeches, which is a problem that can be overcome by self hypnosis memory improvement.

Hypnotherapy is the best way for people to memorize information because it calms the mind and increases the ability to focus. You can let hypnotherapy and your memory work together to eliminate your memory problems. Someday, hypnotherapy and memory may become inseparable as people learn how hypnotherapy can make their lives better.

Alan B. Densky, CH has specialized in the practice of hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming since 1978. He offers self-hypnosis CD's for memory and recall improvement and test phobias. Visit his Neuro-VISION NLP site for free resources & MP3 downloads, and his Video Hypnosis Blog for tips & tricks.

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