The Purpose of Memory Is to Help People Function Well.

Memory is a cognitive tool, not for biased recollections of the past.
Apr 30, 2021
Agree
Share
Depending on if we are born optimist or pessimist, our memory is always biased. We might have rose-tinted memories of some happier times, and highlight only the bad bits on the more stressful times. One proof of this is how we feel after exams. Some people tend to walk out of exams thinking they have failed them because they focused on not knowing how to do a fraction of the questions; whilst some people will walk out feeling good about the exams, only remembering the few questions they knew how to do. The outcome of our exams is usually quite different from what we perceive it went. Memory is not for defining our past but a cognitive function for survival. One typical example is that we learn from our mistake, remembering what to avoid, in order to successfully complete a task, or avoid danger, going forward. For example, we don't need to relearn that fire can injure us every time we get near it. Knowing this is the actual function of memory, we should remember with a pinch of salt, and not overly attribute our emotions to what we remember. From a childhood trauma perspective, the author's personal experience is that she always thought she had a neglective father. This is because all she could remember was him working too hard during her childhood. But in reality, as the author's mum recalled, he has always tried to spend as much time he could whenever he was off work.
Written by
Sources
Memory's cognitive function

Share your thinking

Show others the intelligence behind your views. Click "Share" to present your idea now! Your name and photo will be at the top of the article, so recipients know they are seeing your perspective. On Goodpoint, posts have the conversation for you.

About Goodpoint

Goodpoint is an online community where writers are more persuasive, because articles are organized more intelligently. On Goodpoint, content is created in easy-to-read outlines. This allows reasons to be positioned underneath the ideas they support, making the information clearer. And sections are labeled as either fact or opinion, so readers always know what kind of idea they are evaluating.

Write your ideas

Use Goodpoint to present views that are too important to be unfairly attacked or misunderstood, and to explain yourself with a precision that has not been possible before. And use Goodpoint’s “idea leverage” feature to add reasons other writers have already written. Learn more

Already have an account?
Login here