HOW MEMORY DECEIVES US (PART 2)

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Mar 11, 2013 07:49
HOW MEMORY DECEIVES US (PART 2)

One experiment studied married couples. They were asked to say to what extent they were happy with their marriage. After some years, the researchers asked them again: "Are you happy in your marriage now?” and “how do you felt a few years ago when we talked about the same thing?" And it was discovered that people's memories about what they said about their marriage several years ago had much more to do with how they felt in the present than how they felt years ago. If they were happy in the present, they thought they had been happier before; and if they were unhappy, they believed they had been more unhappy, regardless of what they had said before. It’s one example of how our memory is biased by our current beliefs and feelings.
So our beliefs make us distort the past to adapt to what we believe, then those beliefs reinforce themselves and become much stronger. Our memories aren’t as real as we think!