What we remember, has it really happened? Did you know that the same event is not narrated in the same way by two people who were present? This is because the brain takes our perceptions , our emotions and our past experiences to form an image “more or less” approximate to what actually happened.
Memories are an invention?
The not distinguish between a fictional situation and a true one. The areas of the mind used to perceive and to imagine things overlap. Therefore, when we want to evoke a memory there are things that have really happened and others that have not.
The ability of the brain to remember only some aspects and forget others is amazing. But he also has the possibility of inventing something to fill a space that has remained empty in memory. You can even create a situation or moment “from scratch”, that is, without any data actually lived but between the resources you have stored for years.
Imagination can be as plausible as true facts. It is possible that we confuse the real with the fiction and we do not realize it. An object, person or situation imagined enough can leave the same trace as if we were before it convincingly.
Although the technique of recreating memories in cases of childhood traumas or in adults is still used, this method may not be entirely effective. Basically because you can not know what memories really happened from those reported by the patient.
The mind is a factory of fictitious memories
Our memory also adapts as the muscles or organs do according to the situation. The brain has the ability to mold and create false memories … even impossible to check or carry out. For example, when we believe that we have traveled to a certain place when we were little when we were not there when the reality was very different.
The imagination can play tricks on us because maybe it can “tell” us that we have done something we did not do or vice versa. One of the reasons why memories are malleable is that the mind must absorb too much information all the time.
It’s as if we want to put together a puzzle where we have some pieces missing. In order for the painting to be finished, the empty spaces must be filled in some way.
The memories are not faithful completely. Although many of the aspects that we narrate in a story can be true, there will always be some false ones.
The power of false memories
Pay close attention the next time you are telling a story of your own or imagining a past situation. Some of the aspects of the story may not be true. The mind not only allows us to evoke what actually happened but also what we have perceived or think we have experienced.
The brain receives information from the five senses and in addition to that we have to add our emotions, our thoughts, our opinions and our past experiences. Therefore, the data that comes to mind are not objective.
In addition, the what “messages” will be used for what memory. There may even be data that is used for more than one anecdote. Since the brain is very detailed and does not want anything to remain random, when it realizes that it does not have certain information, it borrows it from another memory. And if he still does not feel satisfied, he will lean towards invention.