THINKING IN PICTURES

How to communicate with the brain.

(photo: brandonhuang)


The mind thinks in pictures/images. To remember anything, create an associative mental image and it will hang in your art gallery as a permanent exhibit.

You already visualize (think in pictures) on a regular basis. We are always imagining something. If you can describe your back yard, your pet goldfish, your office, or your way home from work, you have visualized.

There are a lot of images stored in your brain. With practice, you can improve the positive pictures by adding more clarity and remove the negative images by adding more distortion. Your brain cannot function without making pictures; in fact, your mind thinks in pictures.

Describe a horse. Do you immediately see a picture, or does the word HORSE scroll across your mind? Do you think you are bad with names? For many, this limiting label is easily removed with the proper use of images created in order to better communicate with the brain.

Try it yourself with the following exercise:

Pick up any magazine or book that has faces and names of people you do not know. This works best if you can cut out the photos and put them onto separate index cards. Now simply look at the photo and write down the FIRST thing you notice about this person. Is it their nose, eyes, ears, hair, chin or perhaps their clothing, hat, jewelry etc.? The thing that stands out will be the new image or name you have for that person. Mr. Ears for example. We need to find that unique something about the person to associate the name with.

It is okay to use his ears because ears are tangible and don’t need a substitute. When we are trying to memorize someone’s face, ask yourself one of these questions:

What is the first thing you notice when you see the person’s face?

What is unique about this person’s face?

Now let’s look at the name:

First, make the name meaningful by creating a replacement image. For example, take the name John and look for an image or picture to replace it with (the mind thinks in pictures). Here is an example:

John

An outdoor latrine

John Wayne

Uncle John’s rice

Your friend John

A large J

Anything we can think of to give us a picture for the name will work fine. Now that we have pictures for the names, we need to connect them to the pictures for the faces.

Now we can go on to the last step in memorizing names and faces. All you need to do is associate the person’s real name with his face name. For example, John has unique ears. So I might visualize them listening outside of a John / latrine. Or I might visualize John Wayne crawling out of his ears. How about mini johns hanging from his ears like earrings? The odder it is, the easier it will be to remember. Practice this at your next social gathering.

The trick is to simply combine two pictures together as the mind will remember almost anything using properly associated pictures.

The international language is pictures, proving my point! Words can be confusing or misinterpreted. Pictures illustrate the point perfectly. What do you see at a crosswalk, on a road sign, in a frame? It would be very hard to keep foreigners safe in a deer crossing zone if we simply said, “deer crossing.” A picture of a falling rock or a picture of a person standing doesn’t need any translation regardless of where people are from. They are memorable because they are pictures, not words.

It is the same with your “frame” of mind. What you see is what you create, and if you see a negative self-image, you will create a negative self-image.

Let’s think about frames for a minute. This is a key area for our CMT training. A good picture deserves a nice frame, and framing is much of what CMT is all about. Just as you won’t serve a steak on a trash can lid, you want to have a frame that adds value to the picture inside. From this point on, try to think of everything in your life as a picture, as an image. Here are a few examples of images that we have:

  • Self
  • Life
  • Career
  • Environment
  • Talent

I’ve been framed!

You can have an image of just about anything in your mind’s eye. And if you frame (improve) this image you will inevitably improve what that image stands for. Improve the image of yourself, and your feelings and individual power will improve along with it. Just as a person might enjoy a photo more if it is framed, you can make all your images look much nicer by adding a frame to it. So the idea behind Framing is to Improve your images. We can do this through Creative Mental Training.

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Let’s take a trip to the frame shop. Close your eyes and picture yourself as your best image. What do you see? Create a positive image of yourself and snap the picture; now frame it and hang it in the gallery of your mind’s eye for future reference. For whatever you picture, you will be. Make it a winner!

About the Author RICK TEW

I will do the splits for you too. I provide edutainment events that help you to be a Ninja in what you do. I offer Martial Arts Therapy Retreats on Samui Island in Thailand. My unique Winjitsu Mind-Body system of coaching inspires you to BE more fulfilled and to DO more to KickStart your ideas.

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