Visual Thinking

Why Think Visually?

Visual-spatial thinking is approximately eight times faster than auditory thinking (hearing the words in yoru head). This is why gifted people often have a natural preference for visual thinking because it faster and most powerful than auditory sequential thinking.

Visual thinking dramatically increases the speed at which you can learn, concepts are rapidly understood when they are presented within a context and related to other concepts. Once you have created a mental picture of a concept and can see how the new information fits with what you already know, learning is often permanent. Repetition is completely unnecessary and irrelevant to this learning style.

In fact many people who would be considered geniuses were well known visual thinkers, including; Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Winston Churchill, Michael Faraday and Nikola Tesla.

If you want to improve your visual thinking, here are some quick and easy techniques to get you started:

The Black Triangle Technique

Get some white card, and cut it into squares that are about 12 inches by 12 inches. Now get some black paper and cut some shapes like a triangle, a diamond, or a star, and stick it on the white card square. So you have a big white square, with a big black triangle stuck on it.

Now just stare at it, at eye level, and after staring at it for thirty seconds, close your eyes and try and imagine it just as you saw it. You can open your eyes and check it again, then close your eyes and imagine it again.

Just repeat that process until you find that you can hold that image in your mind for longer periods of time. If you can do it for 10, 20, 40 seconds you are doing great.

This is a good exercise to develop your ability to visalise clear and defined shapes. Once you have tried this with your card, you can more on to doing the same thing with anything else, like a figurine, the view from your window, a person in a picture etc.

Visualizing with Eyes Open

This visualization exercise isas simple as they come. Look around you and imagine picking things up from in front of you. For example, I am sitting at my desk, and I am reaching my hand out to the desk and imagining a bright red cup. It's a large cup, like you get in coffee shops, with a matching red saucer.

I hold my hand as though I am picking it up by the handle, and imagine feeling the cool hardness of the ceramic, the weight as I lift it up and how it pulls down on my fingers. I move my hand as though bringing the cup up to my lips and "see" how the cups looks as it moves and tilts towards me.

Some people find visualizing things with your eyes open easier, perhaps because you can kind place it in context of the 'real' things around you. Play with this as you go about your day. It's kind of like a conscious day dreaming.


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