The Theory of Three

Summary – One way to click with your mind.

One of the most sought after knowledge is on how to understand the human mind. It takes hundred of years for people to get a grasp of its true potential and yet we are still scratching the surface. That being said, I’m going to introduce you to one theory of mind utilization which is The Theory of Three.

Just like a radio that will only produce clear sound when you tune it specifically to, let say, 100.1MHz, the mind will also work at its best efficiency if you know how to finetune it. And in this specific case, one way of finetuning your mind is via The Theory of Three.

What Is Theory of Three

Basically the theory states that our mind works best when it is associated with the number three.

The best way to explain the theory is by examples. Just have a look at the world’s famous three; “The Three Stooges”, “The Charmed Ones”, “Do Re Mi”, “The Three Musketeers”, “Location Location Location”, “Just Do It”, “As easy as A B C”, “On the count of three 1 2 3”. These are a few of phrase and title that comes in three.

All of them are very catchy, very easy to remember and very popular. Imagine changing the phrase to “The Stooge”, “Re”, “Do It”, “As easy as B C” and “On The Count Of 56”. The phrase will not be appealing now wouldn’t it?

This is how The Theory of Three works. By changing the form of your thoughts into another form that is associated with the number three, you are actually finetuning your thoughts making it more catchy and more effective.

How To Apply The Theory of Three

1) Change your life motto. Motto like “I’m going to be the no 1 student of this class” will not work. Use motto such as “No 1 Student”

2) Repeat important keywords three times. If you are going to remind yourself to study, Repeat the words “Study Study Study”. It will have more impact than just the one word.

3) Reorganize your subject in three. Always read three chapters of your subject every day. And rearrange the notes in each chapter into three different groups. Do this until you can actually see your three chapters in your head with all the three branches. Memorizing three chapters? Not a problem anymore

4) Better headline for reports. If your assignment require you to come up with a title. Try to adjust it to utilize this theory of three. Instead of “The Complete Study of Human”, try “The Mind, Body & Soul – A Study”. Your assignment will immediately stand out from the crowd.

Conclusion – Applying The Theory of Three is only limited by your imagination. You can always find other ways to utilize this technique and make everything in your life comes as easy as A B C :)

– I Wonder –
Anything else comes to your mind that utilizes The Theory of Three?

———- Personal Note ———–
One of my favorite books during my childhood (10 years old) is a local book “3 Penyiasat” (3 Investigators). It is a story of 3 teenagers that often come across a crime case and successfully solve it. I still remember their name – Jalil, Gopal and Ah Meng.

Somehow the books had inspired me to start my own investigating club. We were supposed to investigate the claim that there was a ghost in our school. But of course in the end, the club just got deactivated because everyone was equally scared :)

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  1. 21 Sep 08 12:29 pm

    Sounds interesting. And as I think about it, it makes sense. 2 is too few and 4 too many.

  2. 21 Sep 08 2:59 pm

    Avani-Mehta – That’s the best way to say it :)

  3. 21 Sep 08 3:07 pm

    Yes bro,
    i agree on u with that one,
    so my motto after this will be,
    kurus kurus kurus (Thin, Thinner, Thin)
    hehehe, with the hope that i can loose some weight:)
    hahahah

  4. Gale P
    21 Sep 08 3:28 pm

    Sneezes come in threes and sometimes yawns, wishes are granted in threes in fairy tales, ‘veni, vidi, vici’ (I came, I saw, I conquered) or I created it, I said it three times, and I succeeded. This could be a very helpful strategy for everyone including teachers.

    Sincerely,
    Gale

  5. moon
    21 Sep 08 3:45 pm

    wah, it’s totally interesting. em, now i just realized which i actually applied it for my blog title.

    moon deeply inside. hehe

  6. banji
    21 Sep 08 4:22 pm

    Pocket – Which reminds me, I need to lose some weight also, even though it will be a bit too late for Raya Presentation :)

    Gale P – Sneezing in threes is very new for me. I guess I just didn’t notice it before. I wonder if there are any scientific explanation for that.

    And yes, this technique if used correctly will help a lot in education. So I’m leaving it to you guys (the teachers reading)

    Moon – And that’s why there are so memorable :)

  7. 22 Sep 08 5:47 am

    3s a company? or is 3s a crowd? hmmmm??

  8. 22 Sep 08 8:27 am

    Excellent article! I never thought of the rule of three before, but it does make a lot of sense. I’ll make sure I apply it for my next exam!

  9. 22 Sep 08 9:10 am

    I agree with what you say here. I am a visual artist, and I have always used the concept of “three” to create visual interest, ease, and power.

    John

  10. 22 Sep 08 11:34 am

    @k@kPOKPEK – I think it’s “3’s a company” “four is a crowd” Correct me if I’m wrong

    Cecilia – Thank you for reading Cecilia. Hopefully the rule of three will help you excel your study :) I wish you all the best

    John Rocheleau – Long time no see John. How’s the family? :)

    You are a visual artist? interesting.. what actually does that mean by the way. Are you drawing? and maybe you can elaborate how you use the concept of three in your line of work. I’m really interested to know

  11. 22 Sep 08 1:24 pm

    Lately I like to write long headline or title. Your post make to rethink my style to include the power of three.

  12. 24 Sep 08 1:38 pm

    My blog title has 3 words. “Live.Love.Life”
    Guess I’ve been using the theory without realising it.
    I just thought it sounds nice..
    hmm thanks banji for the knowledge.

  13. 24 Sep 08 1:55 pm

    Hamdani Amin – Glad to be of help. It doesn’t have to be three words. As long as there are the elements of the number will do. For example the title of the assignment in the article.

    Nolee – See… you thought it sounds nice, it clicks right? It’s been a while since I last visited your blog.

    Thank you for reading

  14. friedlinx
    05 Oct 08 7:57 am

    I smell a “Nobel Peace Prize”.

  15. 05 Oct 08 10:36 pm

    friedlinx I will take that as a compliment :) Thanks

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  17. Shelly
    22 Nov 09 11:43 pm

    Great concept, but, your section on Applying the Theory of Three has too many points; there should only be 3!!

  18. Marian
    11 Jun 10 5:37 am

    Does anyone want to hear that the number to which you attribute so much power is the number for the triune God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit as well as the number for trichotomous man – body, soul, spirit and even within the basic trichotomy is another – emotion, thought, will. Many earthly elements exist in accordance with the same trichotomous organization, such as water – liquid, solid, gas, etc. There is a reason that it works and it has more to do with divine order than anything else.

  19. Bill
    09 Oct 10 5:15 am

    St.Joan Ark spoke to three angles in her mind. Could we all have three? If these were her gaurding angles they did not keep her from the burnig at the stake. Maybe all gaurding angles are not meant to keep us out of harms way and it up to us to choose wisely our causes.

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