Do you ever wonder why it’s so hard to recall some things, and too easy to keep remembering what we’d rather forget.
Courtesy of Psychology Today, here are some tidbits from a collaborative book called The Act of Remembering: Toward an Understanding of How We Recall the Past.
Memories that pop up involuntarily share a lot in common with those recalled voluntarily, including being equally vivid.
Memories arrive in a series, called a memory chain, and may be either time-related or concept-related.
Spontaneous remembering is not irrelevant mind-wandering but how we answer the question: “What do I do next, to further my goals.”
Some of us see ourselves from a first-person perspective in our memories but others have a third-person or outsider perspective. That depends on whether we are male or female, Asian or Causasian. Women more often see themselves as though from the outside.