The Psychological Effect of Memory Techniques
I’ve wondered if there is potential with these memory techniques to change ways of thinking. Last winter, I noticed that I constantly had a certain negative thought out of habit. I made a conscious effort to modify the image to change its meaning to something ridiculous every time the thought appeared. The technique gradually worked to get rid of that negative thought. (Something like this technique I’ve been using to modify images.)
I think a lot of a person’s thinking is done out of habit. Thoughts like to travel well-worn pathways in the brain. The frequent repetition of strong visualization can significantly affect ways of thinking, whether done consciously or unconsciously.
Doing memory techniques is almost a kind of brain surgery. The physical structure of the brain is consciously being changed even though there is no scalpel required.
Practicing these techniques definitely has noticeable effects on the mind. Within a week of taking them up, my dreams became more vivid. I started having significantly more creative ideas while awake. When I would close my eyes, I would start to see visual scenes that flowed from one to the next without any conscious effort.
I think it could be highly effective to use these improved visualization and abilities to modify one’s own thinking and behavior.