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When you "can't remember"...
Self | 2/23/10 | RightOnline

Posted on 02/23/2010 6:32:59 PM PST by RightOnline

OK OK.....I know this may seem a silly and simplistic topic/post in such an age. Still, I just wanted to share a little "trick" with my fellow FReepers that has served me very well over the years. I've taught this to many; all have been grateful.

We all, especially us FReepers, take in so much information in a typical day (work, home, FR, TV, talk radio, etc.) that often it is very difficult to recall certain facts; certain information.

You know that feeling...."..oh darn it, what's-his-name....I can't remember"; or "...oh you know, that movie with...ummm....dang it...".

Here's the key: NEVER say "I can't remember". Never. What I want you to say from now on is "It'll come to me.".

Then....just drop it from your thoughts. Fuhgedaboutit (no pun intended). What you have just done is program that marvelous, God-given computer of yours (aka your brain) a command. It typically takes 5-20 minutes for that recall process to complete and you will find yourself blurting out the answer. Yes, it works.

When you say "I can't remember"....guess what? You've done the same, and your "computer" will do exactly what you just programmed it to do. It won't remember.

Small thing. Trivial....but it has helped me so much over many years, and I hope this little thing helps you. God bless you all, my fellow FReepers.


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KEYWORDS: memory; recall; remember; remembering
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1 posted on 02/23/2010 6:32:59 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline

I hope I can remember this advice...I’ll bet it works!


2 posted on 02/23/2010 6:35:20 PM PST by jessduntno (Don't vote party or candidate; VOTE REPUBLIC!)
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To: RightOnline

Interesting.


3 posted on 02/23/2010 6:35:27 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: RightOnline

Odd how contagious the “I can’t remember” syndrome is when in a group.


4 posted on 02/23/2010 6:35:29 PM PST by edpc (Those Lefties just ain't right)
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To: RightOnline

I’ve heard about this somewhere, but I just can’t remember....;^D


5 posted on 02/23/2010 6:36:37 PM PST by FrankR (Those of us who love AMERICA far outnumber those who love obama - your choice.)
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To: RightOnline

“Self, now how how am I supposed to recover from this inverted spin?” .........................................................................

JUst teasing!


6 posted on 02/23/2010 6:38:37 PM PST by Howie
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To: RightOnline

Thanks. I need all the help I can get.


7 posted on 02/23/2010 6:39:37 PM PST by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: RightOnline

In a related message, it is better to use positive words when giving directions to children.

“Don’t go near the edge” is heard as “go near the edge.”

“Stay away from the edge” or “watch where you walk” gives a positive direction to the child’s brain to process.


8 posted on 02/23/2010 6:40:46 PM PST by maica (Freedom consists not in doing what we like,but in having the right to do what we ought. John Paul II)
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To: RightOnline

An idea I have been using all my life … taught to me by my grandmother. I have often thought of it as folklore, but it does work … who am I to argue. ;-)


9 posted on 02/23/2010 6:43:29 PM PST by doc1019 (To call Obama a bumbling idiot would be an insult to bumbling idiots worldwide.)
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To: RightOnline

That sounds useful. Positive thinking.

Now, if only there was some sort of device to remind me how to spell “mnemonic”.


10 posted on 02/23/2010 6:44:04 PM PST by Mobties
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To: RightOnline

That sounds useful. Positive thinking.

Now, if only there was some sort of device to remind me how to spell “mnemonic”.


11 posted on 02/23/2010 6:45:02 PM PST by Mobties
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To: RightOnline

Let me try that. The guy in the White House...whatshisname...O’Commie, Obamanable...It will come to me....

Seriously, sounds like a good trick!


12 posted on 02/23/2010 6:45:19 PM PST by Our man in washington (What do Martha Coakley and Mary Jo Kopechne have in common? They thought Kennedy's seat was safe.)
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To: RightOnline

You are so right!!!


13 posted on 02/23/2010 6:46:11 PM PST by DLfromthedesert
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To: Mobties
You asked for it: Mnemonics Neatly Eliminate Man's Only Nemesis -- Insufficient Cerebral Storage!
14 posted on 02/23/2010 6:47:26 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Our man in washington

His Royal Moronic Dillweedness


15 posted on 02/23/2010 6:48:01 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Howie

Oh heavens.......the dreaded inverted spin. Been there, done that (yes, it was in Air Force pilot training.....but I still hated it!).

Even did it once by accident....but that’s another story. I think my instructor pilot has recovered from the nightmares by now.......


16 posted on 02/23/2010 6:48:36 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: Still Thinking

Thanks. I’ll try to remember that.


17 posted on 02/23/2010 6:50:41 PM PST by Mobties
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To: RightOnline

I’m so old I can’t do it anymore, but memory is so bad that I thought I did anyway.


18 posted on 02/23/2010 6:53:10 PM PST by umgud (I couldn't understand why the ball kept getting bigger......... then it hit me.)
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To: RightOnline

Good advice. I actually developed a training seminar on how the brain thinks that covers this among other topics. The issue is similar to when Winnie-the-Pooh goes to his “Thotful Place” and forces himself to “think . . . think, think . . think.” Usually, he doesn’t come up with anything productive.

When we try to force our thoughts, the harder we try, the worse the outcome. When we say “it’ll come to me”, we are relegating the issue to our subconcious to process while our concious mind focuses on the conversation at hand. There is a physiological component to this that also plays into the whole issue and involves stress factors and reduced blood flow to the brain.


19 posted on 02/23/2010 6:53:32 PM PST by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: RightOnline
So what you're saying is that - like many of the rest of us who've been on FR forever - you're beginning to deal with the onset of dementia.

It's nice of you to take time out of your day to give the rest of us pointers on how to get through it.

20 posted on 02/23/2010 6:55:16 PM PST by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: Still Thinking; Mobties

That reminds me of the mnemonic used to memorize the 7-layer OSI model for computer networking. It was All Good Kids Like Milk, or something. :^)

(Okay, it was All People Seem To Need Data Processing - IIRC that was for: application, presentation, session, transport, network, data link, physical)


21 posted on 02/23/2010 6:55:34 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: RightOnline

Ahh, the Power of Positive Thinking. It’s one of the few valuable things I took away from my Amway experience.
Unfortunately, I sometimes suffer from Bongheimer’s disease.


22 posted on 02/23/2010 6:57:16 PM PST by CalvaryJohn (What is keeping that damned asteroid?)
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To: Disambiguator

Oh I love such things. Recently, I was teaching a friend some VERY basic things on the guitar. Now, I’m self taught....but have been playing for over 40 years. I was teaching this person the guitar strings (top to bottom: E A D G B E). I realized I had never seen a way to easily remember that....so I came up with (God only knows where...): Every Apple Does Get Bitten Eventually.

Yeah, I know.....dumb......but it worked. This friend STILL remembers those guitar strings just that way. :)


23 posted on 02/23/2010 7:00:09 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline

When I can not recall a name, I silently repeat the alphabet. I will often get to the first letter, and the name will come to me. I occassionally have to go through this twice. It works for me.


24 posted on 02/23/2010 7:00:31 PM PST by healy61
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To: RightOnline

Profound. Thank you.


25 posted on 02/23/2010 7:00:59 PM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: AAABEST
"So what you're saying is that - like many of the rest of us who've been on FR forever - you're beginning to deal with the onset of dementia."

Whaddya mean "beginning"......????

LOL....just kidding. Thank you for your kind words.

26 posted on 02/23/2010 7:02:06 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: Auntie Mame

You’re so very welcome. Hope it helps.


27 posted on 02/23/2010 7:03:02 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: Mobties
"Now, if only there was some sort of device to remind me how to spell “mnemonic”.

I find it helps if you post replies twice ;-)

28 posted on 02/23/2010 7:03:35 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: RightOnline

Wow!!! Thanks, my friend. I will begin to practice that RIGHT NOW.

Blessings!!!


29 posted on 02/23/2010 7:05:47 PM PST by no dems (If you think Obama is a better President than Sarah Palin would be, lay down the crack pipe.)
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To: no dems

Good for you.....and blessings to you and yours, as well.


30 posted on 02/23/2010 7:08:36 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline
Tell me the answer to this

I can remember my husband's army serial number , but not what I had for breakfast this morning.

(That would be WW2.....)

31 posted on 02/23/2010 7:08:46 PM PST by BARLF
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To: RightOnline

I use, “I’ll think of it in a minute.” It surely does work. Thanks for sharing!


32 posted on 02/23/2010 7:11:43 PM PST by houeto (Remember in November!)
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To: BARLF

Oh, that’s an easy one. It’s a matter of priority. To you, his Army serial number was very important to memorize; to keep in “memory” vs. “disk”, in computer terms. Right?

What you had for breakfast isn’t so important....so we sometimes reach a point where our brain can readily filter what’s important vs. what isn’t important.

Not a thing wrong with you. Still, that said, it’s never a bad idea to begin to exercise your short term memory. Lots of ways to do that. I even recommend games: dice games, dominoes (GREAT game for this), etc. Anything that exercises your short term memory.


33 posted on 02/23/2010 7:12:27 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline
Sounds logical.)
34 posted on 02/23/2010 7:18:33 PM PST by BARLF
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To: RightOnline

Funny you brought this up. I was just Googling “Observation games” and “Memory games”. It’s fun to do some of these exercises to test your memory. I can recall in school we’d have a picture to look at for about 30 seconds then we’d have to answer questions from memory about what we had seen. Great exercises and fun to do. Thought they’d have some of those online, but can’t find any.


35 posted on 02/23/2010 7:21:02 PM PST by mupcat
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To: mupcat

Well you inspired me to Google....so try this one:

http://www.bangor.ac.uk/~mas009/neurogym/shterm.htm


36 posted on 02/23/2010 7:23:38 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: mupcat

Sorry....meant to add....what I Googled on was “short term memory exercises”. Got a lot of hits.


37 posted on 02/23/2010 7:24:42 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline

You are absolutely right - this does work.

Another thing that helped me is that, if you can’t find something, it is usually within 5 feet of where you think it is.


38 posted on 02/23/2010 7:26:35 PM PST by credo 2
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To: RightOnline

Is there a difference between I Can’t Remember from “I Don’t Have Any Recollection”?


39 posted on 02/23/2010 7:29:36 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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LOL.........good one. Nope, same thing. Handy for politicians, isn’t it? :)


40 posted on 02/23/2010 7:34:40 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline

Remember what??


41 posted on 02/23/2010 7:48:59 PM PST by sasquatch
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To: sasquatch

Ummm......it’ll come to me.


42 posted on 02/23/2010 7:50:12 PM PST by RightOnline
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To: RightOnline

This advice will help me one day.


43 posted on 02/23/2010 7:50:28 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: Mobties
Thanks. I’ll try to remember that.

;-)

44 posted on 02/23/2010 8:28:03 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: RightOnline

You know...that guy who was a friend of your sister’s brother’s cousin at that place with the thing that cost so much...


45 posted on 02/23/2010 8:31:13 PM PST by Bean Counter (I keeps mah feathers numbered, for just such an emergency...)
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To: Disambiguator
Bad Boys Rape Our Young Girls But Violet Gives Willingly

It repeats: A constant of calculus, a constant of calculus (What's calcooolus?)

And no, I don't Enjoy Data Processing

46 posted on 02/23/2010 8:31:42 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking

Ahhh, the resistor color code. Remember the tolerance?

Get Some Now!


47 posted on 02/23/2010 8:34:58 PM PST by meyer ("It's not enough just to not suck as much as the other side" - G. Beck)
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To: meyer

Yup. Also note the colors are in color wheel or rainbow order, except for black, brown, and so on.


48 posted on 02/23/2010 8:36:56 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking

And of course the Indian maiden Sohcahtoa, and her boyfriend Shochacao or whatever (whom when she sees him she goes hyperbolic!)


49 posted on 02/23/2010 8:43:07 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: BARLF

As we age our long term memory remains sharp. It is our short term memory that we lose first. Also what you had for breakfast probably was not all that important, but you remember your husband’s serial number because for some reason it was important to you. I still remember my dad’s SSN because it was how I got anything done as an Air Force brat.


50 posted on 02/23/2010 8:53:43 PM PST by mom aka the evil dictator
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