Have you ever noticed that sometimes you have trouble remembering something, and the harder you try, the more difficult remembering becomes? Then later in the day, when you’ve stopped trying to remember, suddenly it just pops into your head? The information was there the whole of the time, of course, but you were experiencing what Emile Coue called, the “Law of Reversed Effect”.
We all know the mind can wander when we feel relaxed, and memories can begin to flow up into conscious awareness. This will happen even more easily if you practice self hypnosis.
How memory works
The latest theory on how memory works is that it is a 3 stage process:
• Accepting – Involves filing a memory safely into your memory system.
• Storage – Keeping the memory safe where it can be retrieved easily when needed.
• Retrieval – Finding the memory, and bringing it up into conscious awareness.
There are two types of memory store:
• Short term or working memory
• Long-term or permanent memory
There may also be two other types of memory, ‘Explicit’ (which school do you go to?) and ‘Implicit’ (How do you make a pot of coffee?).
Using self hypnosis to improve your memory makes sense. In fact, many accelerated learning programs such as speed reading actually use a state of altered consciousness similar to self hypnosis. It’s not called self hypnosis, but is refered to as Alpha and Theta states, which is the brain wave level of hypnosis.
Self hypnosis can provide help with improving memory, because it can help overcome some of the problems associated with poor memory such as:
• Accurate perception of the object or thought you want to remember
• Creating a direct route, and system of memory storage so it can be easily and quickly retrieved when need it
• A system of linking one memory to another that may be in the same catagory