False memories are useful

  • False memories can help us to find associations and connections. The most helpful memory might not be the most accurate.
  • Incorrect memories of our past can help us to nurture relationships by facilitating empathy and intimacy with others. 
  • Illusions can increase your confidence: if you remember that you solved a problem easily last time, you're more likely to solve it, even if you actually struggled the last time.

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