I'm really bad with names. Really bad. I've momentarily forgotten the names of people I've known for 20 years, and whom I see almost every day. I'll eventually recall their name, but it's new people that I have the most difficulty with.
I think the issue is that, when I meet someone new, the language part of my memory is less active than the visual part. Or maybe being intimidated by a new person turns off the name storage part of my memory. Or maybe my brain is defective. Or maybe my brain is defective. Or maybe my brain is defective.
So I listened to an audio book called "Unlimited Memory ". One of the tricks to recalling someone's name is to create a little story about that person based on... well... anything: A situation, a physical description, whatever. Context is easier to remember than the name all by itself.
I tried this method out and it works pretty well. I met a guy recently whose name was Wesley. I pictured him in a "Star Trek: Next Generation" uniform to connect him to Wesley on that show.
Now I'll never forget Fred's name as long as I live!
( This comic's Patreon "Thank You" goes to Courtney L! )
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