A mental map is a graphical representation of a theme, idea or concept, embodied in a sheet of paper or through software, using simple drawings; Writing own keywords, using colors, codes, arrows, so that the main idea is at the center of the diagram and the secondary ideas flow from the center like the branches of a tree.
What they serve
The mind maps are used to manage the flow of information that we use daily providing us with the organization of thought in a simple scheme, allowing to obtain a clear and global vision of things.
By using this system by shaping our ideas graphically, we develop and we look for the mental capacities that we all possess, such as concentration, logic, creativity, imagination, association of Ideas and memory.
This simple and practical analysis tool allows to increase personal performance, mental agility, as well as the ability to assimilate and process any type of information.
Tony Buzan, English scientist, creator of this method based on the original ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci, in his book The Mental maps, says:
“The Mental map is the expression of irradiating thought and therefore a natural function of the mind. It is a graphic technique that offers a master key to access the potential of our brain. It can be applied to all aspects of life, so that an improvement in learning and greater clarity of thought can reinforce the work of man. “
Jasmine Sambrano, Venezuelan psychologist, co-author of the book Mental maps, Agenda for success, defines them in the following way:
“A Mental map is a way to generate, register, organize and associate ideas as the brain processes them. Basically keywords and images are used, putting in action the left hemisphere and the right, respectively, to give a great freedom and creativity to the thought… “.
Most common applications
The mental maps are used in the management of the multiple activities of the daily life, both in the personal and work aspect, some examples are:
• Take notes for studies, reports, summaries, meetings, remember better data and events, brainstorming
• Presentations: Lecturer’s summary, preparing and presenting a topic, elaborating presentations and reports
• Organization: Contacts directory, knowledge management
• Task planning, strategic Planning, Checklist, undertake a new project, make decisions
• Brainstormin or brainstorm: Generate new ideas, solve problems, creative thinking
• Sales: persuading and negotiating, simplifying activities