Should Mnemonic Images Be Pleasant?
As I try to hardwire associations between images and numbers in my brain, I’m finding that I like to see certain numbers.
When I first took up memory techniques, I noticed that if my images were pleasing, I tended to be more intrigued by them. If the images weren’t interesting, I didn’t like to see them. I try to avoid inherently unpleasant images in my system, though the images can be doing unpleasant things when placed in memory journeys.
Here are some of my favorite numbers to encounter:
- 127 = toucan
- 101 = totem pole
- 113 = Tiamat
- 170 = tesseract
- 322 = moon
- 553 = lime kitten (memorable story)
- 159 = typewriter
- 320 = moose
- 58 = wolf
- 57 = elk
A lot of them seem to be animals. Other numbers, like 12 (opened can of tuna fish) or 201 (yellow sticky notes), aren’t as interesting to me, but I use them. I don’t make images for people that I don’t like even if they are memorable (e.g., certain politicians or musicians).
Does anyone else try to choose pleasant images?
Photo of toucan © doug88888 under Creative Commons license.