False memories: why we experience tricks of the mind
False memories are not useless. It seems that they're able to improve our mental processing.
Memories are our reality. Remembering isn't just looking up fact's from our mental files. It's more like telling stories. If we forget, we reconstruct the details, even if the details are false.
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While going through difficult times, we are all losing, more or less, the shared rituals we used to have with others. But that is not actually such a bad thing.
Instead of thinking about what was lost, we could think about what we still have and figure out ways to make the most of the time spent at home, like staying more with our family or getting in touch again with old friends by calling them.
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