The Bad Memory

a bad memory

Recognize what it enables us do forgetting matters will help us to recognize our weaknesses.

That is a totally useful concept for anyone who desires to enhance performance and preventing deterioration of their own memory. 

First we ought to say that the forgetfulness have to not be considered usually like some thing terrible. Forgetting is as essential as to consider. If we had been forced to remember all of the statistics which we acquire every day for then having to locate them in ours mind, we’d without a doubt do one splendid attempt. Mechanisms exist cerebral, such as the ones regulated by way of phosphatase proteins, that have the specific feature of eliminating memories. Happily, ours reminiscence is selective, even thought not always we forget about what we would really like to overlook.

Beside all, memory can limp at any age, right as at any age it’s far possible to still analyze and gather data to store on new things. Ultimately, please do not pay attention to hose who claim that memory fails because it’s far too full. This statement is just false, our memory is not comparable to a phisical piece of hardware such a mechanical hard drive in which memories are stored in platters that can only contain a maximum amount of data. Our organic memory just can’t be compared to such a technology, it is far more complex. The memory might also fail for more than a few of factors such as a poor health condition, a trauma, stress and so on, but definitely never for an excess of calculations.

Factors that affect negatively on memory

  • Recollected memories

Whilst we receive the records (inside the first segment), this tends to disappear and to become worse unexpectedly if not processed several times (repetition).

  • Time

Often forgetfulness is due to the time elapsed since the records were stored. Recollections create a type of imprint in our mind

that dissolves with the passage of time. In this case, the failure of recollecting that particular memory leads us to forget it.

  • Repression

Terrible memories can be forgotten on purpose from our subconscious. This is not always a bad thing as it helps to ease the healing of traumas received on childhood for instance.

  • Distorsion

Memories may be modified from our own, “Operating System”…our brain or from our reaction to matters, it could happen to us all to remember a particular happening more in a way that we would like that to be happened that what actually the matter was at origin, hence we bear in mind in a way distorted or modified. Most of the time we are not fully aware or not aware at all, specially when a trauma or a shocking memory has been with us since early stages of childhood. It is often via the use of a specialized hypnotist that a person can actually relive  that burden and see, “unmodified” things as if it was the first time.

  • Storage Problems

This is what really amazes most of the people I spoke about it. 

If the information was not fully “imprinted” or it was not stored in a adequate manner, it will then be difficult to recover it from memory. Imagine that you are at a party with friends, you are young, you had a few extra drinks and you are …. let’s say “high”. All in one sudden you fell really light….the sound is overwhelming, things start spinning around you…then…..blank. From there you do not recall anything. You wake up on bed, you are wearing your usual pajamas … but…how did you get back home? Who paid the bill? You can’t remember a thing. You call your friends and they tell you that you were dancing on top of the tables and all sort of embarrassing things had happened….from which…you have absolutely no memory of it. 

So what? You have lived that particular time, the memory is somewhere in your brain but you haven’t got the key to retrieve it and no matter how much you try, you just can’t remember it. Alcohol and drugs can have this harmful affect, some people have also got in terrible trouble by doing dangerous things or even got so far to get killed because of intoxication. Some said that they could not remember, however some others have start recollecting some of those lost memories after many years. Something might have recalled a memory and as if part of a chain of reaction a particular moment of life that our brain had decided to bury it was back as vivid as ever in a spark time lapse. 

In turn, this is a statement that we actually had recorded that memory but because of the “state of our mind” we were not able to “save” it in the proper folder if you allow me an analogy with the computer operating systems memory. It is a almost as if those files we had recorded and lived were corrupted and that was why we could not retrieve any of them.

There is so many other factor that can contribute to deteriorate our memory but for today I would select this that are less correlated to health issues and more to do with our behaviors and past life experience. These are the ones I am always more curious about. What about you? Do you have any particular concern? Let me know in the comments below, I am curious to hear about it.

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15 Responses

  1. But why? Why we can’t remember events when we drink and what are the long-term health consequences?

    1. You get drunk when alcohol is consumed in excessive amounts in a short period of time. This results in a rapid increase in blood alcohol levels and, as with any sedative, the result is a reduction in higher brain function.

      1. alcohol blocks pro-memory neurotransmitters and enhances anti-memory ones, which relay signals to nerve cells in order to transmit information between the brain and the body

        1. Moreover, in high doses the alcohol blocks the NMDA receptor in the same way as anesthetics, such as ketamine, and this further weakens the mnemonic functions.

          1. In the short term, those who forget what they did when they were drunk may have adopted high-risk behavior, endangering themselves or others, without even realizing it.

  2. as already stated in this post, when the blood reaches a certain level of alcoholic saturation, the hippocampus is turned off — the part of the brain that deals with creating long-term memories. “So you can try as much as you want to remember what happened but it’s useless, because you don’t have just no information in there

        1. it happened to me just Saturday night, I went out with friends and after drinking few glasses of white wine and two or three cocktails the damage happened. I got rough, I was with my boyfriend and he told me that I was talking to everyone and I could also have created problems. The next day I couldn’t remember a thing.

          1. Blackouts are a sign of alcohol intoxication, consumed in large quantities in a short period of time. Alcohol increases in the blood and acts as a sedative, reducing brain function, including memory and the ability to remember details. Professor David Nutt, from the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London, says memory loss occurs because alcohol acts on the chemicals that hold memories in the brain, blocking pro-memory neurotransmitters and enhancing anti-memory memory, which relay signals to nerve cells in order to transmit information between the brain and the body.

            1. it can happen to forget, or to remember in an imprecise way, verses of songs or poems, ways of saying or simple sentences or groups of words that we are certain of possessing firmly in the memory. I don’t see a big deal about it. In what we forget, as per the teachings of nothing less than the great “Freud”, there may be a link with an intimate, painful or uncomfortable question concerning the unconscious sphere: the forgotten verses may allude to a love story and perhaps would cause us to re-emerge the sadness of an interrupted relationship recently. Forgetting is almost a form of self-protection.

              1. Speaking of this case study, Freud also introduces the concept of useful forgetfulness: a sentence may not help us because we unconsciously know that it could be inconvenient for our interlocutor, awaken unpleasant or embarrassing thoughts in him. In these cases, the removal from the person himself can favor the re-emergence of the correct memory.

                1. The verbal slips are certainly the most famous examples of errors that we link to Freud’s doctrine. The possible cases are an infinity: inversion of the sentence (“Peach I eat” instead of “I eat the peach”), advance of a word placed subsequently in the sentence (“I am to see you …” in place of “I am glad to see you”), expression of the opposite of what we want to say (“Now that we are all, we can finish the meeting”), insertion of words totally foreign to the sentence.

                2. If many previous or contemporary scholars to Freud found the cause of these errors especially in the assonances between words, or in the greater importance covered by an element of the sentence that was then anticipated, Freud instead believes that the reasons for these slips, although favored by the assonances, are to be sought above all in influences external to the sentence and which reside in the unconscious.

  3. Has it ever happened to you to tell yourself do something, (pay a bill, call a bad-mouthed customer, visit a person) and find out only when it’s too late you have forgotten about it? Often, at that moment, we think about doing that again tomorrow or later, so the purpose is mentally repeated, certain to fix it definitively in your mind, only to lose it again.

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