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    I also have an appalling memory and there has been a couple of situations recently where I've wondered if I'm getting early-Alhzheimers. But then, I reassure myself that I've always been this way. Still, I've started taking Omega-3 oil supplements hoping it might help somehow..?

    On the other hand I have a wonderful visual memory and also find that taking visual snapshots really helps me. I just have to remember to do it!

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    See, this is one why I once thought I was INFP.

    I have total and complete sensotardation.

    I put everything in a different place every single time. My ISFP flatmate has an immaculate room and mine looks like a wolves' den.

    I will look everywhere, literally everywhere, for something before I find it. Most of the time, my eyes skim over the object 300 times before I finally find it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mo_(operalover) View Post
    See, this is one why I once thought I was INFP.

    I have total and complete sensotardation.

    I put everything in a different place every single time. My ISFP flatmate has an immaculate room and mine looks like a wolves' den.

    I will look everywhere, literally everywhere, for something before I find it. Most of the time, my eyes skim over the object 300 times before I finally find it.
    Me too! I put things where I KNOW I will find them. And if they're not there, I never will find them

    Maybe your roommate is just using neatness as a form of self expression?

    ( Waaahhh!! people posted in front of me! )
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    LOL, Skyward, I love your sig!

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    Missed this thread earlier. I'm insanely absent-minded so I've had to develop a lot of OCD habits to function, lol

    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryPenguin View Post
    For instance, if I watch myself set my car keys down somewhere, I know exactly where they are the next time I need to find them, even if it is a week later. As long as I have that visual picture in my mind, I can remember. I am screwed if I don't though.
    I do this -- I replay the "video" of my earlier actions, to tell if I've done something or not. This can backfre if it's a regular task though, since I sometimes "remember" doing it from an earlier day...

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    I always put my keys and wallet in the same place. Nobody moves them 'cause it's my area.
    This too...keys/buspass always in my pocket, wallet always in my bag. I've also gotten into the habit of checking that I have everything as I'm leaving the house.

    For remembering other stuff:

    -a simple calendar I made in excel
    -a cross between a calendar and a to-do list, for school
    -a real to-do list for nonschool (a table with 4 colour-coded columns)
    (when my laptop was broken I carried around lists on folded index cards, to half-decent effect, but I prefer my normal system)

    and more importantly, getting into the habit of checking/updating each of these (fairly obsessively) multiple times a day, and adding things right away to the file...because otherwise I'll never think of it again. without the habit none of it would work for me...

    how come we never use our private forum, anyway? I guess there's not much point....

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    I throw my set of keys into my coat pocket, whichever coat I happen to be wearing at the time. At the change of seasons, this could pose a problem.
    I remember phone numbers without problem because phone numbers always seem to have patterns. I remember them as number patterns and sometimes, I remember the pattern on the telephone itself... the way in which my fingers press the buttons to get the number. Then, my memory is stored in my fingers.
    I remember directions by remembering landmarks. I remember buildings at corners. For example, I always know when I am about to come to my street, whether it's daytime or night time, despite my poor night vision because, at the corner, there is a tree and, under the tree, there is a fire hydrant. There is no other fire hydrant under a tree at a corner nearby so that is it. Then, my house is easy to direct people to because there is a speed limit sign just before the driveway, and the speed limit and my house number are the same.
    I remember people's faces without difficulty but I am terrible with names.
    Sometimes, smells or the touch of things will trigger memories in me.
    In general, I have a fairly good memory. I use all my senses: visual, auditory (especially musical auditory... I remember songs almost forever), tactile, smell, taste...
    As far as remembering things that are written down, I will remember things that I write. It is the act of writing that helps me to remember, even if I don't look at it again.

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    I could easily have the most useless answer, because however my brain remembers things, a lot of it seems to be subconscious.

    When Iím trying to go somewhere that Iíve been a few times before I just head in the right direction and use landmarks to help me. I donít consciously try and remember landmarks the first time round, but my brain usually stores them away. If I start seeing landmarks I donít recall, Iíve made a wrong turn somewhere.

    When Iím trying to find something Iíve misplaced I sort of mentally scan a logically ordered list of possible places they could be until I hit the right one and remember putting them there. Or I replay my actions in my mind of when I last had them.

    I try and put specific items in a general area though. For instance Iíll either leave my keys in my bag or on my bedside draw. Iím terrible at leaving things in pockets though. Like money, tissues, keys, my phone.

    Iím good with words. I can usually remember the spelling of a word Iíve seen once and can remember a couple of minutes of speech word for word if I find it interesting enough. Iím good at recognising faces and have usually associated the personís name with them somehow.

    I get so accustomed to remembering the sorts of things I mentioned above though, that it is rather frustrating and occasionally slightly unsettling to not remember something, and even more so to outright forget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walking Tourist View Post
    I remember phone numbers without problem because phone numbers always seem to have patterns. I remember them as number patterns...
    I do the phone patterns too! Mobile phone numbers here are 10 digits and I remember them as a pattern of 3 digits, 3 digits, 4 digits. It then throws me when someone asks me about someone else's number and they recite it differently e.g. 2, 2, 2, 2, 2 digits. I have to take a few extra seconds to process it and sync it with my pattern before I can reply.

    Mo

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    This phone number thing actually made me wonder how good everyone was at... well, Iím not sure what youíd call it.

    When people say numbers I can remember them pretty well. In fact, depending on the length of the sequence I can usually get it in one shot (by using a pattern of 2-3 digits). But as soon as someone tries to spell something out for me out loud I have to slow them right down, get them to repeat it multiple times until I can picture it in my head and then consolidate it into a word. Otherwise I have a vague recollection of maybe one or two individual letters, not necessarily in any sort of order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    Missed this thread earlier. I'm insanely absent-minded so I've had to develop a lot of OCD habits to function, lol


    I do this -- I replay the "video" of my earlier actions, to tell if I've done something or not. This can backfre if it's a regular task though, since I sometimes "remember" doing it from an earlier day...
    This was posted a while ago but for some reason I only read it now. I do this too, and I 'm not ADD either. I usually have trouble remembering boring details, and I have the same problem with not remembering when I've created the video snapshot in my mind of myself performing some action -- because unless I've made the video both memorable and related to the day's date or a certain time of day, that also can qualify as a boring detail, and get easily forgotten.

    Wasn't it Keirsey that said that boredom was the enemy of SPs?

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