Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Cool Re-Organization Nudges Your Memory

As a teacher or a learner, you know the power of acronyms for meaning and memory. Acronyms condense highly useful information in a way that's easy to remember.

I wondered if the word ACRONYM itself is an acronym, and found a site where readers had some fun, as in the borrowed title to this blog entry. But apparently the word acronym is not officially an acronym.

In modern times we've become accustomed to HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and LOL (Laughing Out Loud), as well as the maddening media trend (dare I call this MMT?) represented by BFF (Best Female Friend).

These examples don't intimate content, although we've endowed with meaning such acronyms as CEO (Chief Executive Officer), SCUBA (Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus), and LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation).

Even more powerful are acronyms that represent a system of ideas and also carry a specific meaning. AWE is the acronym I've coined to represent clients' potentially awesome progress (follow the links for examples):
  1. Awareness of your unique patterns.
  2. Watching, without judgment, how those patterns operate.
  3. Experimenting with pattern breaking until your unwanted beliefs and behaviors drop away.

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