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Still Waters

Childhood memories can be deceptive

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Childhood memories are less accurate than people think, with the brain likely to fill in gaps when it cannot remember the detail, it has been suggested.

Psychologists have found that while people can usually remember the "what", "where" and "who" of a situation, they struggle to recall a full mental image.


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This explains why three people involved in an event in the past all have differing stories about what happened.

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We have these experiences when we are young, with the memory capability of youth, with the depth & understanding of a child, and yet so often we form lifelong rules based on what we decided at the time about ourselves & events in our lives. It's been a lifetime of work to look back and bring the adult me to those memories and make sense of them in a healthy way.

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