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We Are What We Remember

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Memories: Our Sense Of Self

Memories: Our Sense Of Self

Memories, the vivid remembrances of our past, can be highly subjective. Most of us assume that memories are rigid and infallible, but they can never be the exact representations of the past because they were not copied in our minds with perfect fidelity.

Many of our memories change over time and can be confused by other people’s narrations and even our own dreams and imagination.

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Memory And Learning

Our memories are a major component in our learning process, and all knowledge that we accumulate is stored in memory. Effective learning happens when we hook something that we learn to something already in our memory, in a meaningful context. This creates a strong learning network in our brain, giving birth to innovative connections and fresh ideas.

Being passionate and committed towards our learnings also eliminates the need to cram up stuff.

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Memory And The Art Of Building Narratives

  • We all have old memories that we dearly hold on to, and these early remembrances form our life’s narrative, the story we tell ourselves.
  • These fixed memories provide us with feelings of nostalgia and make us happy when we listen to old songs or see old pictures.
  • New memories reinforce what we already think about ourselves, as these memories become personal and subjective for us.

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Memory And Imagination

The process that provides us with vivid memories is the same one that we are using to imagine something. The mind treats past memory the same way as a future imagination. This also indicates that apart from the present moment, the past and future are just mental constructs.

This interplay of memory and imagination impacts new memory formation, and makes them living organisms, and not like a movie that is recorded and plays exactly the same every time.

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We Are What We Remember

Our memories are crucial not only for learning and remembering but also for imagination and creativity.

We have to recognize our tendency to reinforce our own narrative, and instead be aware of the fluid nature of memory.

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