It is rightly said: “Capture it; remember it”, which is especially relevant when it comes to remembering an individual’s face.
In trying to remember faces, it is important to have a detailed accurate observation. A person when meeting somebody for the first time must observe the face and the entire appearance closely, in particular the eyes, nose, mouth and also hair. Also, try to find some unique features like ears, hairline, forehead, thin eyebrows, eyes, large nose, mouth, square jowl, complexion, etc.
Here are some ways that can assist you in remembering faces:
- Avoid eating and drinking when trying to remember the face: Your mind gets distracted by eating or drinking.
- Link and visualize: This method suggests you think of a picture to go with a name. For example, If you’re trying to remember the name of Mikey – imagine whenever you meet a person named Mikey visualize a man holding a microphone. You’ve broken down the name and thus the picture will come to you visually.
- Look for associations: For instance, break down the concept or name into pieces and make a picture story in your mind.
- Try a different time of day: The time of day can also make a difference in attempts to remember. The afternoon appears to be best for most people, and don’t forget to get some sleep. As Dalai Lama has rightly said: “Sleep is the best meditation.”
Apart from the above guide, you must nurture the ability to describe a person in his/her absence. It is also helpful to associate the face with some strange visual cue especially if you make the image outrageous. Try to focus on a new feature of that person’s face. Remember the mental image of that person well. Pick up some distinguishing features. Try to visualize the face in an absurd manner for a while. Finally, try to describe someone who has been just introduced to you.
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About the writer: Minoo Jokhi is a Mathemagician cum Memory Development Trainer based in Mumbai, India. He trains people of all ages right from 4 to 80 years of age and shows them how to increase their Memory-Power and once and for all shatter the myth that memory is neither good nor bad but in reality, is trained or untrained. Readers can contact him via email at [email protected] or follow him at http://www.minoojokhi.in/