Would you believe me if I told you that your memory is perfect?

@Vvance (280)
United States
March 6, 2012 8:57am CST
Hey everyone !! It has been proven that the human brain stores every single detail it experiences, through its sensory receptors, namely, the ears, eyes, nose, taste buds, and skin. There are other senses, too, that conventional science has not yet accepted. But the point is, you have within you EACH and EVERY perception you've ever received, starting from way before you even left your mother's womb. Why then do so many people continuously claim to have poor memories?
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@vertu007 (683)
• Romania
6 Mar 12
It's true what you are saying but, from what i've read, and i have read quite a lot on the subject, all those memories are stored at an unconscious level. We have stored in our brain EVERYTHING we experience but we can't access those memories. That's why under hypnoses people remember details even from their childhood. It would be nice if somehow we can learn to use all those memories, it could come in handy when learning for exams :). Stress, lack of interest, repeating "my memory is so bad" are things that make people have memory problems. We are interesting creatures, we just need to learn how to use ourselves properly :)
@Vvance (280)
• United States
7 Mar 12
Yes, I have read about that too.. but it seems that there are those who find it easier to access those parts of the unconscious. You're right - learning to make full use of our capacity can only benefit us.
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@vertu007 (683)
• Romania
7 Mar 12
Some may be born with that ability, others may have trained more in that direction :). Our memory works in an interesting manner. A lot of people have disciplined their mind so that they can memorize a lot of information in a small period of time. The human brain is fascinating if you ask me.
@Vvance (280)
• United States
7 Mar 12
Fascinating o.O?? Wouldn't you say it's completely awe-inspiring :D???
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@Dominique25 (9476)
• United States
6 Mar 12
I would believe that. Our brain is an amazing organ. It really does hold a lot of information and experiences that we have had throughout our life.I guess I'm not sure why we seem to forget things. Perhaps our brain gets rid of certain material that it feels is unimportant. Do you know why?
@Vvance (280)
• United States
7 Mar 12
Hi Dominique. Please excuse me for the delay in replying.. was a little busy. Well, it seems the brain only feeds us info that fits into our current system of beliefs, like the case of PTSD patients like retired soldiers. Even a clap of thunder can make them feel like they're back on the battlefield(though this has little to do with recall). Secondly, stress of modern life seems to block several neural pathways in humans. This shuts down the centers that could have been used to access long-lost memories. Thirdly, conditioning. Most people have so many experiences that suggest their lack of recall, and they start believing that they've got poor memories. All of these combined, and maybe other reasons that haven't been discovered yet, could cause the decline of humans' memory power. Hope this helps, and please let me know if you did read this, because my reply was a bit late. You might've missed it.
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@nangisha (3504)
• Indonesia
11 Mar 12
I will believe it. I am not really good at learning but blessed with really good memory. I can easily remember what I hear and reads. I ever reads if my my brain can store many information more than thousand high tech computer.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
7 Mar 12
Given that I have personal evidence to the contrary, I would have to refuse to believe you. Then again, if I don't remember ever having a completely perfect memory, then I don't have a perfect memory. Talk about the ultimate catch situation. There are just times however where a lot of memories seemed to be shoved so far back that we'll never access them again or perhaps they are gone. There are times where my mind tends to go blank on something that we should recall. Granted, I will give you that sometimes the mind remembers the most obscure things. And it blanks on some of the most useful things to the point where the memory is just not there. There is no such thing as a perfect memory. The human mind is imperfect, it was not, we would be able to solve our problems in a snap of a finger, but since they can't, the memory is something that is far from perfect. That is my story and I'm sticking with it.
• United States
6 Mar 12
I'm thinking that our brain sorts our memories by a level of importance, and it takes a while to go through everything. Ever have someone trying to remind you of something and it takes you a while? maybe that's you sorting through the brain. O.o
@WakeUpKitty (8711)
• Netherlands
6 Mar 12
The fact everything is stored doesn't mean we are able to remember everything as well or recall the experiences if we need them. What is most important to us we will remember easy. Some memories helped us to change (our habits for example). The memory is like the hard disk of our computer. Some parts are easy to recall/find back/to remember, other parts are still stored but we don't know where to find it.
@Zh_Kosta (49)
• Bulgaria
6 Mar 12
Hello, I also believe on what you are saying. Brain is something amaizing. You may learn and remeber so much things. For example how many languages can a person learn? My cousins know 5 languages. I know only 3. Brain is the thing that makes humans not animals
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
6 Mar 12
From what I have read all of us have the same built-in memory capacity. The individual differences happens in the utilization levels. We can actually compare it to a computer system with exactly the same installed capacities. One of it is harnessing its maximum potential and functioning really well. While the other might have been ridden with several problems. Therefore, performing below its actual capacity.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
6 Mar 12
I've always believed that we retain every bit of information we get. The problem lies on how we retrieve them. I think that's why a lot of us claim to have poor memory. We just can't seem to squeeze out the information stored in our memory for varied reasons. But I also think that since these information are stored in our brain cells, when we lose some cells, we lose some bit of information.