What is mnemonics?

What is mnemonics?

Mnemonics is the study and development of systems used for improving and assisting the memory.

What is the history of mnemonics?

Firstly, to develop a better understanding and appreciation of the topic, it’s important to recognise that over time language changes, evolves, and adapts.

The next thing we have to do is look back through history.

The origins of the concept come from Ancient Greece. The word mnemonic is an adaptation of an Ancient Greek word mnemonikos, meaning ‘of memory’.

Mnemonics is mindfulness

The word mnemonikos comes from another Ancient Greek word mnemon, which means mindful.

This is why Mindfulness Mnemonics was created.

Because mnemonics is mindfulness!

Ancient Greece and Simonides of Ceos

The history of it all is linked to a person called Simonides of Ceos. Simonides was a lyric poet and ancient history explains that it was at a feast that Simonides first discovered the origins of the technique.

The story goes that Simonides was at a feast, and that during the feast Simonides was called outside to speak to some people that were asking for him. When he went outside the building that he was just in collapsed killing all of the people inside.

When the authorities arrived they couldn’t identify the bodies because they had been damaged beyond recognition. So, they spoke to Simonides who was the only survivor of the event.

It is at this point that Simonides developed the origins of mnemonics and mindfulness. By visualising where all the guests were sat around the table at the feast he was able to recall from memory all the people that had been in attendance.

After this point he realised that it wasn’t just names and faces that could be stored in the memory.

It was ANYTHING!

Lyrics
Songs
Poems
Names
Faces
Places
and so on…

The method he developed is known by several names:

The Method of Loci
The Memory Palace
Mind Palace Technique

Who uses mnemonics?

In reality everyone uses mnemonics. Anyone that thinks they don’t, just doesn’t realise that they do.

But here are some professions that typically use mnemonics:

Doctor
Surgeon
Nurse
First Aider
Paramedic
Administrator
Accountant
Marketer
Advertiser
Sports Coach
Armed Forces
Police
Fire Service
Pilot
Instructor
Teacher
Management

How do they work?

They work by providing you with a structure and system that you can use to remember and recall information. Sometimes that system may be exceptionally logically or it may appear to be extremely stupid. Whatever a persons opinion of mnemonics, it is clear that for a large number of people mnemonics definitely helps improve the memory.

This in turn can help improve your health, wellbeing, and performance in a range of areas.

Examples

The list below is a short list of some types of mnemonics. But in reality you could argue that all things serve as a mnemonic and memory device to help you remember some sort of information.

Acronyms
Acrostics
Abbreviations
Limerick
Songs
Poems
Models
Visualisation
Sayings and phrases

How can mnemonics help me?

Mnemonics can help you by supporting the way you think, structure, and process information.

It can help you with all sorts of things including lifestyle management, dieting, exercise, stress and anxiety, coaching, finances, studying, performance.

Once you learn a bit more about how it all works, you will realise that mnemonics can help you with everything and anything.

What now?

You can follow Mindfulness Mnemonics on social media to stay up to date with all the content and information that gets produced.

Then you can use them as you best see fit.

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