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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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