Extraordinary: Jen’s library is a real and learnable memory technique

In season 2 of Extraordinary, Jen meets George at the Power Discovery Clinic, and we’re introduced to her mind, which resembles a bookstore or library….. after an explosion.

She files through books as a way to remember memories which can help her unlock her power.

What if I told you that you could do something similar in real life? And it’s not a superpower, in fact memory champions use the “memory palace” technique everyday.

Jen’s books are all scattered and she tries to get them in order. Memory palace techniques are the same thing.

You picture a place you know well. It could be your home, your office, or somewhere else. And you place things you need to remember in this “palace”.

The memory palace technique was believed to originate with the ancient philosophers, who used to give speeches that would go on for extremely long periods of time, and they used to memorize long passages word for word.

I’ll give you an example, let’s say you’ve got to remember a grocery list. Bread. Eggs. Milk. Cheese. Laundry Detergent.

Your memory palace is your home. You would picture the bread in your foyer. Your eggs could be in your living room. The milk in your kitchen. The cheese in your bedroom. The laundry detergent in the bathroom.

The better you get, the more items you can throw in there. Memory champions can stack more than a hundred things in a memory palace.

So, Jen’s book mind palace isn’t all that unusual. But it is extraordinary and a power you can actually learn.

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