- Hardcover: 218 pages
- Publisher: Frederick Fell (June 13, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811901815
- ISBN-13: 978-0811901819
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #373,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Develop a Super Power Memory Hardcover – June 13, 1995
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Unfortunately, I've found that being a product of public schooling, my creativity is rather stunted. Creating mental "pictures" for "silly" stories can be taxing, but it does work. Recently, I found I was able to maintain a list of a hundred items in a mental array, although it took some effort to put them there. But, now I can traverse this array of valuable items sequentially, backwards, or randomly with little effort.
Some people aren't comfortable in exerting too much mental energy all at once, and would rather take it slower. I don't mind admitting that I'm one of those people. But, after memorizing a list of 100 items (and other feats I won't expand on here), I soon realized that I would have a hard time forgetting them. This intrigued me. I think that, after the initial effort, things were actually getting easier. I suppose that there's truth in the idea that the brain can be considered a muscle (not literally, I know), and that exercising it regularly strengthens it resulting in easier mental exertion. I would say that Lorayne has proven to me that the brain is more like a set of muscles. Some parts work fine, but others are atrophied soon after pre-school by underemphasizing creativity (right-brain?).
To continue in the this train of thought, it seems to me that there is a mental cost to either rote-memorization or Lorayne's unique synergy of known memorization methods. Rote requires the expenditure of medium amounts of mental energy/effort across several sessions.Read more ›
"What?!" was my reaction when I found out I was supposed to do it. My short-term and long-term memory began declining years ago due to depression and heavy medication. My test and exam results haven't been so good because of these memory problems. I didn't think I could do this 100 peg word stunt.
But don't worry, and try it. Lorayne first teaches you to associate consonant sounds for each digit from 1 to 9, and 0. For example, the sound for #1 is T or D (the letter T has one downstroke). The sound for #2 is N (typewritten n has two downstrokes).
This way, when you later have to memorise the peg word for #12, you know the word starts with a 't' sound and ends with a 'n' or 'd' sound. For example, 'tin'. For #21, the word would start with a 'n' sound and end with a 't' or 'd' sound. For example, 'net'.
So 100 words may be difficult to remember, but the ones Lorayne suggest will not so difficult with this "sound guide". And these 100 words are very important because they play a big part in the later chapters in helping you remember dates, appointments, telephone numbers, addresses etc.
Besides these, Super Power Memory also teaches you how to remember your grocery/to-do list, train your observation, remember speeches, foreign language vocabulary, names and faces, facts about people, how to not be absent-minded, how to amaze your friends with a 400 digit memory feat and how to memorise the Morse Code in 30 minutes.
I've put some of Lorayne's methods to the test and have been successful in keeping names, appointments and grocery lists in my head. I'm very pleased I read this book and forced myself to memorise those 100 peg words.
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I first read this book nearly 60 years ago when I was in high school. The memory techniques presented really do work, and not a day has gone by since I first read the book that I... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David A. Watson
A Great little book. I have read memory books before by other authors, and I rate this book 5 stars. Read morePublished 8 months ago by james l. palmer
I initially started reading this book with some skepticism. I undertook the first few exercises with even more skepticism. "Ok" I thought "I'll picture this... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert C
Harry Lorayne will teach you how to use different systems to remember names, shopping lists, phone numbers, etc.Published 14 months ago by Northeast Consumer
Lorayne is the original memory master. This is his first book in a series of fifteen or more. All teach the same tecniques and they work. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mark Weber