Welcome to day fourteen of the Createyou86 May A-Z Blog Challenge. How comfortable are you with your memories? I love to read books about psychology, and about how the brain functions.
I found a book that I had started reading quite a few years ago, but never finished called Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior by Leonard Mlodinow. On pg. 62 Leonard writes
Münstern published his ideas about memory in a book that became a best seller, On the Witness Stand: Essays on Psychology and Crime. In it, he elaborated on a number of key concepts that many researchers now believe corresponded to the way memory really does work: first, people have a good memory for the general gist of events but a bad one for the details; second, when pressed for the unremembered details, even well I intentioned people making a sincere effort to be accurate will inadvertently fill in the gaps by making things up; and third, people will believe the memories they make up.
Reading further to pg. 76 Leonard talks more about memories. Have you ever doubted yourself, and a story you were telling, or a specific detail that may or may not have happened within a story? Here is why you may have done this.
False memories and misinformation are so easy to plant that they have been induced in three month-old infants, gorillas, and even pigeons and rats. As humans, we are so prone to false memories that you can sometimes induce one simply by casually telling a person about an incident that didn't really happen. Over time, that person may "remember" the incident but forget the source of that memory. As a result, he or she will confuse the imagined event with his or her actual past.
Being as fascinated as I am by all of this information it makes me seriously go back, and take a look at certain situations in my life. It even sometimes makes me feel uncomfortable in my own skin. After learning this, how comfortable are you now in your own skin? Would you like to start from scratch, and make sure that your memories are legit? I know I would!
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