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Chapter 1. Introduction > The Mechanics of Reading this Book

The Mechanics of Reading this Book

We suggest that you follow a set of specific steps as you read this book. First, make sure to study the table of contents to get an overview of the terrain you will be covering. Spending a little time wondering about the different concepts and ideas you will encounter will ready you to make use of them. Surveying material before you read it has been found to be an effective means of really learning it. An appropriate analogy is that of a computer. Imagine you save new data to the hard drive without using directories or subdirectories. After a short time, although the information is stored in your computer, you can no longer find it! There is so much disorganized data that it's hard to find what you are looking for. Our memory works much the same. When you survey data to be learned, it is as if you are creating a directory in which the data will be organized to facilitate retrieval of the information. For the same reason, it is important that prior to each section, you contemplate the brief outline for that section.

Something else we know about learning is that reviewing what you have just learned is a powerful way to ensure that the neural pathway to the information is active and open. To use another analogy, think of your memory as a dense forest where your thoughts reside. When you review the information, you ensure that the path through the forest remains clear. For this reason, we strongly suggest that you review the chapter summaries and the master strategy outlines. These sections recapitulate the Master Strategy you are working toward. They outline a series of steps that, if practiced, will surely lead toward stress mastery.


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