Mapping One’s Mind


Mapping One’s Mind

Everyone has their own way of thinking. It’s not right or wrong. It just is what it is. But how different can someone’s thinking actually be?

Let me tell you a quick story about my husband. Once upon a time, he had asked me to randomly give him a math problem to solve. (He does this quite often and I still have no idea why he does it. Nobody else ever does such odd things). So I did. No, I don’t even remember what the equation was. But after he solved it, he went on to explain to me how he got the answer. He said something to me I’ve never heard of before. I can’t remember an exact quote, but he basically said that when he thinks of a certain number, it triggers him to remember his street name and house back home in Indonesia.

Uh…..what? Numbers make you think of a street name all the way back home in Indonesia? WHAT? That whole conversation has perplexed me for a very long time, as even he couldn’t really explain why he thought that way.

Fast forward to me mindlessly falling into the pit that is watching YouTube videos. A random video was suggested about memory palaces. (Note: at that time, I was trying to figure out how to remember things better, as I have a terrible memory and was trying to figure out how I was ever going to remember the Indonesian language). That video is what singlehandedly helped me understand what in the world my husband is doing when he thinks.

Memory palaces help you remember things by associating what you need to remember with certain objects. Here is a video to help give you a better idea of what I mean:

This guy managed to remember every single number to Pi using this. What?! How is that even possible? My mind definitely doesn’t work that way. I can’t even being having to try and associate memory with objects.

Fear not however. For those who wish to try this unique way of thinking, here is a Wikihow article I found about the subject: How to Build a Memory Palace ( )

How did such thinking even come about? Well, like most thinks, it started with the ancient Greeks. Back then, they needed an efficient way to memorize things. The legend goes that some Greek poet had to give praises at a banquet. Later he killed everyone there. Nobody could identify the bodies except for him because he remembered where everybody stood.  Thus the invention of the memory palace.

Thankfully, using this method today isn’t as tragic. In fact, I would like to leave you with yet another article that better explains memory palaces and how to use them (also where I sound the tragic origin story):  Memory Palace Science: Proof That This Memory Technique Works (

What are your thoughts on this unique way of thinking/ memorizing? Do you or someone you know actually think this way? Let me know!

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