Random: False Memories… Anyone???

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
Hostess
9831 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

willow_1960:  DH and I got in an argument about if he’s ever brought his new golf clubs back east with him or not.  I’m 100% sure he hasn’t because we’ve only driven once and it was november.  He swears he remembers standing in such and such parking lot and taking them out of the trunk of the new car.  I know I’m right, he’s convinced he is…

Post # 4
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5030 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2050

willow_1960:  Yes, my sister has a COMPLETELY different recollection of a conversation we had about 10 years ago. I distinctly remember her having reaction A, when I had expected her to have reaction B. I remember thinking at the time “wow, I’m so surprised, I really thought she would have reaction B.” When she tells the story today, she recounts having reaction B. When I said “wait, I remember you saying ….[reaction A]” she denies it very sincerely.

The human mind is SO weird!

Post # 6
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1247 posts
Bumble bee

there’s a name & diagnosis of this?!?! lol I have a really bad habit of apparently creating stories in my head of my childhood that didnt happen. I mean, clear, disticnt, remember details kind of stories that i would swear happened. but theres been SO many times i’ve brought up certain memories & have been told they never happened, im constantly second guessing myself.

I think the mental stress i went through during my parents divorce caused me to make up these stories in my head and have become what i thought were real memories. Really strange. i was a big liar when i was younger too hahah maybe i just convinced myself these things happened.

Post # 7
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2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Someone posted a link a while back to an entire collection of widely shared false memories (like, certain celebs being dead or major social events that people remember but that never actually happened). I can’t find it now, but it creeped me right the hell out! It was so interesting, though. Seems as though these false memories are quite common. 🙂

Post # 8
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2064 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

willow_1960:  it seems like my best friend from birth and i do this. she will have a different story to the one i have? i dont understand it? my sister also? i just blow it off and later tell DH, thats not how it happened in my mind.. but really maybe im the one whos wrong. 

Post # 9
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229 posts
Helper bee

I distinctly remember being 4 years old and suggesting the name for my uncle’s new baby, and see in my mind him leaning against the door frame and saying,”That’s it!”

No, not so much. His wife picked it when I was nowhere around. 

And I was FOUR. Who names a baby when they’re FOUR?!? 

It creeps me out that I’ve had this recollection for 33 years, and still can’t believe that it didn’t actually happen. 

Post # 10
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1965 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I always remember being bitten by a swan at the park but when I was speaking to my dad about it he doesnt remember it at all. Im my memory I was definately with my dad because we were sailing my brothers little boat on the lake.

Post # 11
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2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m convinced I had a conversation with my DH about names and he told me that his parents had considered calling him a different name. When I mentioned it another time he said that it never happened.

Post # 12
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6343 posts
Bee Keeper

Elizabeth Loftus is a PhD researcher who has done a lot of work on false memories, including how it relates to eyewitness testimony. It’s fascinating stuff!

Post # 13
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513 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

my fi is convinced we went to see star trek in 2009 which we never did. i have never seen the movie until earlier this year,

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