Why is it that when I am searching for a small thing such as a pin, I am unable to locate it even if it right there in front of me?

It happens some times with me and generally with most people. Can someone tell the reason for this?

Written by Category: Arts & Science 10 years ago
Kalyani Nandurkar

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Kalyani it not a psychological problems or neither you brain in having any problem due to which you are unable to notice what you want..It happens many times to everyone of us due to lack of concentration or preferences..

If you are thinking about doing something which is first preference according to your brain, then you will not able to utilize your concentration power to full capacity and finally fail to search a simple thing which is near you..However it is just my theory there is no scientific proof...

Another point which is scientifically proved that daily some thousands of cells destroy in our body. The count will increase once you are growing old. As each cell have some special significance they can decrease some capabilities from you..like eyesight,memory power..which are main to identify anything....

So dont worry nothing is improper ..That is why chinese have discover Green Tea which they it is good for creating this cells. :)

Rajani K

Most of us think that we lose memory. But the truth is that we are always lost in one thought process or the other. This pre-occupation in thoughts makes us, sometimes, forget the what
we just had. This can be termed as absent-mindedness.

Same situation In your case!

When you fail to remember something, which you have read, heard or seen and cannot remember despite several efforts then it is called loss of memory power or forgetful-ness.

Memory power, this can be increased by doing Yoga.

Well, no one has a perfect memory; everyone forgets things every day. Forgetting dates or names, misplacing keys and missing birthdays occasionally is not unusual. However, when your memory fails you once too often, it spells great trouble.

Forgetfulness strikes in the workplace too. Some forget to pass on messages or cannot remember what they have to do while others forget deadlines or responsibilities. Such memory pitfalls create frustration and can be quite embarrassing too. He/she is jovially branded as Mr. or Ms. Forgetful, and becomes the butt of office jokes

Wendi Eldh, a communications trainer who teaches memory skills, says, `We don't forget, we just have not learned it in the first place'. She stresses that it is possible to strengthen memory by training the brain to remember things. Here are a few practical and proactive memory aids that work:

Set reminders or alarms about when to make a phone call or leave for a meeting.

Prepare regular agendas listing deadlines, things-to-do and projects to-be-completed. This will be handy in keeping track of tasks and events. But, do check the agenda regularly.

Or, use a buddy system to have someone remind you of announcements or work to be done.

Writing down reinforces things one is trying to remember. So, take notes of important instructions if you have difficulty in recalling them later.

Live by the rule - `When interrupted, immediately right down what you were doing'. Jotting down on `sticky notes' and keeping them in highly visible places will jog the memory.

Regular reading, learning and mental challenges like puzzles, crosswords, etc. keep the brain stimulated. As doctors advise `Simple mathematical calculations and saying things out loud activate the brain, particularly the prefrontal cortex which governs cognition, emotion and memory, and enables the maintenance and improvement of the brain function.'

Using methods like `radiant thinking' or `mind mapping' to assign intense visual images for tasks or things will overcome mental blocks and enhance retentiveness.

Mnemonics is another system that uses a form of words of letters to memorise important information.

Learning courses with important skills and strategies to trigger the memory can also help.

Apply these memory enhancers and within no time you will be the one who always reminds others!


It is the FRUSTRATION & ANXIETY which leads to the non-observance of the object which one is  searching for becuase one tends to be so much engrossed in ones own frustrated mind for finding out the thing as where it may have been misplaced  within a short time span without being noticed that one could easily find out that it is no where but in front of the person only.

Hence, one must not lose the patience & become frustrated uncessarily for finding an object  which can lead for non-noticing  of the object even though it would be in front of the eyes.



We need good eye sight and keen observation and patience to locate small things. That is why children search things especially small ones better than grown ups.

Gulshan Kumar Ajmani

It is a psychological effect.We expect the thing at some pre defined places and search there very keenly.If it is placed at a place where it is never expected it will seen unnoticed by our own eyes!Yes our eye cannot be 100% beleived!

Abid Areacode

Lack of concentration and thinking about some thing a bad happening that has left deep mark on your heart.



It happens with big things too ...I look for a book allover the place while it is right in front of my eyes. I feel it is because you are also thinking of several other things that needs to be done and becoming over anxious at not finding what you want..

usha manohar

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