PhotoReading Whole Mind System
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Two: Learning The System First
isn’t so much a technique as it is a process—a system
of important steps that take you through preparation, multiple pass
readings, and various activation protocol. And as fascinating as
the photoreading step of the process may seem, the real power of
this course is the system itself. And here is where, in my opinion,
Paul makes his biggest contribution into the field of reading –
yet it is often the most overlooked.
experiences – even the simple ones like reading your latest
copy of MacAddict on the
toilet – will be greatly enhanced by taking a moment to prepare.
Paul adequately stresses this point early and often.
There are three
parts to preparing to read. The first is knowing your outcome for
the material you are about to read. The second is getting into a
better “reading state”. And the third is previewing
cannot overstate the need for knowing your outcome in advance. This
applies not only for reading, but almost anything else you do in
life. It may take only three seconds, but stopping to ask yourself
what is your outcome will do more for your reading (or take more
away from your reading if you don’t do it) than anything else,
And the second
part, state management, is almost as important. Paul demonstrates
this in a few ways. In the course, Paul uses short articles to contrast
normal fast reading to a different way of “relaxed”
reading. And while he makes a valid point with the exercises, I
do have two minor problems with his treatment of states.
never been a big fan of Paul’s vocal delivery. Now, I realize
that everyone has different tastes and preferences so I will fall
short of saying that there’s anything wrong with his delivery.
However, my experience has been that after a few minutes, I often
find myself being led into more of a “sleepy” state
than the ideal “relaxed, alert” state. But again, this
was my own experience.
Second, I think
Paul over-generalizes other speed reading programs when he claims
that speed reading causes you to feel rushed. It isn’t the
actual process of speed reading that makes it feel rushed, it is
only how people apply the speed reading process. Not having been
to a “typical” speed reading seminar, I don’t
know which ones focus on managing states while reading versus just
teaching the process itself. But I sincerely doubt that state management
hasn’t wiggled its way into more than a few speed reading
course over the years.
In fact, if
you follow the speed reading protocols but simply apply a better
“state management” methodology such as the one taught
in the photoreading course, then you’d be better at speed
reading as well. And if you watch really skilled speed readers,
you’ll notice they don’t seem to me to have the “rushed”
states of mind Paul speaks of.
So while Paul
is incorporating state management into his photoreading system –
which is good - he alludes that that all other speed reading is
rushed – which is probably a bit misleading. Nevertheless,
the fact that Paul makes state management an integral part of the
photoreading process is a huge plus.
Next, you are
taken through the previewing step, which is optional for some types
of reading. There’s not much to say about it except that it
is well covered in the course.
after skipping the photoreading step for now, your tour of the system
ends with the activation stage. Here, he ventures into Super Reading
and Dipping, and then at least mentions the final, often superfluous
step, rapid reading.
In all, this
system so far WITHOUT the photoreading step is an effective reading
system in and of itself. I’ll come back to this comment in
the next section.
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