I might be wrong, but I would bet that at least 90% of all people who use mind maps have never read a book about the topic written by Tony Buzan or another expert on the technique.
So, if you are one of the 90% you probably think mind mapping is a pretty way of formatting your (outlined) ideas or a great way of making your teacher think you know what is happening or a nice graphic to use in a PowerPoint presentation. You probably have little conception of the thinking that must go on when planning and drawing-writing a mind map. Or ever considered that mind maps incorporating continued thinking are most often developed by successive approximation. Or that established theories and findings and data should play a big part in the development of the map.
If you learned mind mapping by learning to run a mind mapping program then the odds are extremely high that you do not really use that program for mind mapping. Read a book by Buzan or study my mind map below or ideally do both.
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Can someone with brain disease and dementia do the active thinking of true mind mapping? He just did.
Want to learn more about my experiences with cognitive impairment and dementia and attempts to fight back using visual thinking methods and mind mapping to understand and communicate the problems and solutions?
<<<<<=== Over there on the left. Click on one of the book icons to obtain my new book Mind Mapping, Cognitive Impairment, and Dementia. Versions are available for Apple devices on the iBooks store and all other common devices on the Amazon Kindle store. There are 100s of essays like that in this blog post. And because I know the information is unique and valuable, I am charging about the same as others who write books on dementia or mind mapping. If you cannot afford to purchase the book, contact me and we will figure out a way to get the information to you some alternate ways.
Yeah, I know, shameless self promotion. How else do you expect me to get the message out about the “real issues” in dementia care and some very low cost methods of assistance that may help some (or many) and potentially increase the period of independence and get away from stacking people up in hospital beds where their lives become very limited. As someone who lives with the problems I describe, I only have a limited period of time left for my brain to function well enough to get the message out, and I am going to use it as effectively as possible to make my messages stick in the minds of people with dementia, caregivers, family, healthcare providers, decision makers, those aging, those with other types of cognitive impairment, and other interested parties. Expect more shameless self promotion. Doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, I am kind of proud of the fact that I want to shake up and expand your conception of what the problems are and what are some possible solutions most have never even considered.
Let’s do this together.