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(LESSON 13):-- How to Improve Your “Interest in Memory.”

Posted By:--Anyi-Nature
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Assuming you are driving a bus that contains fifty people. As usual the bus decided to make one stop and ten people get off, then three people get on. And ahead, there are two more stops which four passengers get off each time, and three fares get on at one stop, and non at the other.

As the case may be, at this point the bus has to stop because of mechanical fault. This led some of the passengers to trek the road because they are in a hurry. So eight people are off the bus, as soon as the mechanical fault is taken care of, the bus headed to the last stop, and finally the rest of the people get off.

Without re-reading the statement above, let us test our interest in memory. Now, see if you can answer at least two questions about it. I am sure that, if I happen to ask you to tell me how many people were left on the bus, you would have less difficulty giving me the answer immediately. Well, I do not think I will ask you such, however, one of the questions you would be answering is:

How many stop did the bus make all together? And I do not think that many of you can answer this question. The reason is because; an average person who read this paragraph will assume that the question I would ask will pertain to the amount of people. That is the reason why you gave your attention to the number of people that were getting on and off the bus. Definitely, you were interested in the amount of people.

Since your interest is on how many people that would be left on the bus, you forgot to pay attention on the number of stops the bus would make. You were not interested in the amount of stops, therefore this failed to register in your mind and you did not remember then.

Well, if some of you feel that the amount of stops was important or if you assumed that you will be questioned on that particular issue, then I think you did know the answer to my question, or have remembered the amount of stops that the bus made. May be, it is because you were interested and wanted to know that particular information. Let us believe you were correct.
Yes, I do know that you are feeling elevated because you think you did answer my question, good! But do not feel so elated because, I doubt if you will answer the second one.

Ok! Let us go ahead, the question goes like this; without looking at that first paragraph again, you are to answer this question: what is the name of the bus driver? This is more of a trick question on observation than it is a memory test. That is why I doubt any of you can answer this correctly if at all. The reason why I used it here is to impress upon you the importance of interest in memory.

Assuming I told you before you read that bus story that I will be asking you the name of the bus driver. … You would have been interested in knowing the name of the bus driver. You would probably have wanted to notice and remember it.

This is why professional magicians have been using this principle for years. This is called “misdirection” this simply means that the important move in a trick, the move that is actually the “modus operandi” is kept in the background or, covered with another move, precisely, one that has nothing to do with the trick, and you are made to believe it is the important move.

You will observe this move and remember it as if it is the real move, living you in the expense of the move that actually worked the trick. And that is why you are completely fooled. So, without “misdirection” magicians would have a tough time fooling their audiences.

Well, on this situation now, I think I “misdirected” you by making you think that I was about to ask one thing, and then I asked about something you could not notice. I probably have kept you in suspense long enough. Are you anxious to know the answer to my second question? I guess the first word of the paragraph is “you.” What is the name of the bus driver? Is the question, and the correct answer is: your own name!

I think you are the one driving the bus period. So, I solicit you try this on your friends or family and you will be surprised how few of them can be able to answer it correctly.

I think I have made us to understand that this is more of observation test than a memory test. But remember this: memory and observation do go hand in hand. There is no way you can remember anything you do not observe, and I believe also that it is solely difficult to observe or remember anything you intend not to remember, or which you are not interested in remembering.

If you want to improve your memory immediately, below are two obvious memory rules:
1. Force yourself to want to remember:

Get interested enough to observe anything you want to remember or retain. I impress it upon you once more to “force yourself” because at first, this may take a little effort to do; however in amazingly short time, you would found that little or no effort is required to make yourself want to remember anything.

That you are reading this article is a first step that you want to remember. I know you would not be reading it if you do not want to remember, or if you were not interested in improving your memory. So grab this last sentence below:
“Without motivation there can hardly be remembrance.”

2. Have confidence that you will remember:

Besides forcing yourself to remember, confidence that you will remember is very helpful too. Make sure you tackle any memory problem with, “I will remember,” and probably you will.

You have to think of your memory as a sieve. Which means each time that you feel or say, “I have a poor memory” or “I cannot be able to remember this,” you have succeeded in putting another hole in the sieve.

While on the other hand, you say, “I have a powerful memory,” or “I will remember this easily,” you are really closing or plugging up one of those existing holes in the sieve.


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