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With You in Mind, Issue #39 - April, 2012 – The Short of Short Term Memory Loss
April 01, 2012

With You in Mind, Issue #39 - April, 2012
The Short of Short Term Memory Loss
A Newsletter about the Fascinating Way the Mind Works

In this Issue:
Way of the Mind's Article: The Short of Short Term Memory Loss
Mind Boggling: Bone Loss
Mind Games: Name and Occupation?
Mind Tickle, by Albert Einstein
What's on Your Mind? Your Questions
At the Back of My Mind - Next Newsletter


You may have noticed that I took a break in March. Not because I was away, but just because everything else kept me busy. But now, it's time to go cruising again. I won't tell you for how long this time, because you may not like me any longer! It is for a longer period than most people can afford! One of the perks of being my own boss.
In this newsletter, I am focusing on short term memory loss. And if you remember, try to guess the name and occupation of those four old friends, and send me your answer!
As always, don't hesitate to drop me a line about this issue or the previous ones. Back issues can be found here.

Way of the Mind's Article: The Short of Short Term Memory Loss

If you are wondering what short term memory loss is, consider the following examples:
- You promised your spouse you would get milk and bread on your way home, but you arrive home empty-handed.
- Yesterday, you put a document in a "safe" place but... where could that be?
- Five minutes ago, you were introduced to a prospective client. What was his name again?
- Driving to an important appointment, you take the wrong exit because this is the one you are used to.
Sounds familiar? If you can recognize yourself in at least one of those examples, keep reading because you are suffering from short term memory loss. As long as you are not suffering from a mental disease – such as Alzheimer's – or from a chemical imbalance, you can take advantage of the advice in this article.

Why do we forget so easily?
Imagine a cluttered room with piles of books, papers, and any possible type of junk you can think of – maybe you have such a room in your house. Now try to locate something in it within a few seconds. It may be a difficult task. The same happens to our mind: short term memory loss means that the mind is cluttered like a messy room.
We are overloaded by information and preoccupied by tasks and deadlines. We tend to defer most things, or we leave them unfinished and this becomes "normal" for our subconscious mind. When we really have to do something – like buy some milk – our subconscious mind thinks it is one of those tasks that can be left unfinished and it doesn’t file the information properly.
Read the rest of this article here.

Mind Boggling
Bone Loss
An adult has fewer bones than a baby. We start off life with 350 bones, but because bones fuse together during growth, we end up with only 206 as adults.

Mind Games
Name and Occupation?
Mr. Missionary, Mr. Composer, Mr. Psychiatrist and Mr. Detective are old friends. No one is currently - nor has ever been - in the same occupation as their name and no one has had the same occupation twice. Alan is now a missionary, whereas Mr. Brian Missionary used to be a composer. The person who is now a psychiatrist used to be a missionary. Charlie has never been a composer. Mr. Darren Psychiatrist has never been a missionary and Mr. Composer is not presently a psychiatrist. Can you determine their full names, along with their current and previous occupations?

You will find the solution in the next issue of With You in Mind but you still have time to think about it!

Solution of last newsletter's Mind Game:
The answer is $20. This one is best solved working backwards. The fact was that Michael spent half of what was left plus $1.00 on candy and then he was out of money. That means he must have spent $2.00 on Candy as $1.00 was half of what he had. Using the same logic backwards: $2.00 on candy, $6.00 on Balloons and Streamers, $12.00 on the cake; Total of $20.00

Mind Tickle
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift. - Albert Einstein

What's on Your Mind?
I would love to receive your questions, suggestions or comments. If you have an interesting question, I may decide to write an article about it!

At the Back of My Mind
Watch out for my next newsletter. I will share an article on Pathological Liars.

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Till next time, keep me in mind!


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