By David Joel Miller, MS, Licensed Therapist & Licensed Counselor.
How to improve mental efficiency and rev up the memory.
Improve your mental efficiency and improve your memory by practicing skills of observation. Becoming more observant is a skill you can learn.
Before you can remember someone you first need to get a good look at them. You need to be really observant.
There is an exercise that can help you with your ability to observe and remember people. It is an old exercise, from back in the pre-computer age, but still, one worth doing.
Think of a person you know socially but not necessarily well. Try to visualize this person. Get out a piece of paper you can save and write the answers to the following questions down.
Briefly, who is this person and how do you know them?
Male or female?
How old do you estimate they are? What would you guess their weight to be? How tall are they?
What is their hairstyle? Identifying hairstyle may be a challenge for some men. As we saw in a previous post about the expert effect if you don’t know what to call a particular hairstyle you may have trouble remembering it.
If they are a male do they have a beard? A mustache? How long are their sideburns?
How are their nails done?
What do they usually wear?
What did they wear the last time you saw them?
What are some of their common expressions? If you received a note from them that was unsigned could you pick it out from the handwriting or from expressions they use?
What is their predominant mood?
Repeat this exercise for at least three people including at least one man and one woman.
Next time you see this person check back and see how much you got correct. What did you have wrong?
Repeatedly practicing this exercise will improve your powers of observation. It will sensitize you to individual variations and make you more aware of the people you meet.
How well did you do at remembering other people? Can you see the value of practicing to improve your mental efficiency and memory?
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Staying connected with David Joel Miller
Seven David Joel Miller Books are available now!
My newest book is now available. It was my opportunity to try on a new genre. I’ve been working on this book for several years, but now seem like the right time to publish it.
Story Bureau is a thrilling Dystopian Post-Apocalyptic adventure in the Surviving the Apocalypse series.
Baldwin struggles to survive life in a post-apocalyptic world where the government controls everything.
As society collapses and his family gets plunged into poverty, Baldwin takes a job in the capital city, working for a government agency called the Story Bureau. He discovers the Story Bureau is not a benign news outlet but a sinister government plot to manipulate society.
Bumps on the Road of Life. Whether you struggle with anxiety, depression, low motivation, or addiction, you can recover. Bumps on the Road of Life is the story of how people get off track and how to get your life out of the ditch.
Dark Family Secrets: Doris wants to get her life back, but small-town prejudice could shatter her dreams.
Casino Robbery Arthur Mitchell escapes the trauma of watching his girlfriend die. But the killers know he’s a witness and want him dead.
Planned Accidents The second Arthur Mitchell and Plutus mystery.
Letters from the Dead: The third in the Arthur Mitchell mystery series.
What would you do if you found a letter to a detective describing a crime and you knew the writer and detective were dead, and you could be next?
Sasquatch. Three things about us, you should know. One, we have seen the past. Two, we’re trapped there. Three, I don’t know if we’ll ever get back to our own time.
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