This guy you know, any time you meet him at a get together, you’re always like “Jeez, I can’t believe I forgot his name again, I ask him every time, I’m so ashamed!”
The Baker/baker paradox will help you remember things more easily.
Mister A says : “Hi, my name is Baker”.
Mister B says : “Hi, I am a baker”.
Apparently the same word to remember. The paradox is that you’re much more likely to remember the profession of Mister B than the name of Mister A and here is why :
When Mister A tells his name, it is just a new name to remember.
When Mister B tells his profession, your brain immediately associates him with a breadiness environment, he kneads dough, puts bread in the oven, he wears a white hat etc. Your brain creates images that anchor easily in your mind.
So a simple trick to remember things more easily is to start creating images from information that you receive.
In practice :
-to remember somebody’s job, just ask questions about his/her daily tasks, picture him/her at work and focus on these mental images so that they will anchor in your mind.
-to remember somebody’s name, associate the name with a famous person and create mental images. If the person’s name is Leonardo, then picture him riding on the Titanic.
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