How Your Memory Works and Why Forgetting Is Totally OK

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Thinking about the past week denied any of you. Forget where you put your phone. Did you have a word stuck on the tip of your tongue. You couldn't remember the name of an actor or that movie a friend recommended. Did you forget to take out the trash or move the laundry from the washer to the dryer or to pick up something from the grocery store. You meant to buy what is going on here. Is your memory failing. It's not it's doing exactly what it's supposed to do for all its miraculous necessary. Pervasive presence in our lives memories far from perfect our brains are not designed to remember people's names to do something later or two catalog we encounter. These imperfections are simply the factory settings even in the smartest of heads. Memory is fallible. A man famous for memorizing over one hundred thousand digits of pi can also forget his wife's birthday or why he walked into the living room. Most of us will forget the majority of what we experienced today by tomorrow added up. This means. we actually don't remember most of our own lives think about that. So what determines what we remember and what we forget here are two examples of super common memory failures and why they're totally normal number one. Where did i put my phone my keys. My glasses my car. The first necessary ingredient in creating a memory that lasts longer than the present. Moment is attention. Your memory is not a video camera recording a constant stream of every sight and sound. You're exposed to you can only remember what you pay attention to.

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