“The truth is that we distance ourselves, but never forget.”
Memories fade away. We think that we forget but see people, events happen, remember words after a long period of time. It’s thought provoking. Historians always search why certain architectural piece exist, and to explore that they find ‘how’.
Our mind is one such architectural piece. It exists since the beginning of human race. Curiosity is the doorway to open it. We think, question, learn. We learn, we remember. When we don’t learn, or just hear, we forget. The exploration of mind and brain is a scientific process in itself. It is a pre-conceived notion that an injury, medicines/drugs, or fear affects our memory. What affect humans more than them are ‘words’.
Our reaction is the product of the words that we receive and their interpretation that we form based on our pre-existing image of the others. Emotions are associated or we develop them based on how we feel at certain time. We tend to forget because we want to bury certain emotions that we felt in the past. This mechanism is known as ‘repression’.
We cannot remember a lot of information for a great length of time. This could burst the nerves of the brain. It is a humane duty to classify information and store it. When it is stored, it becomes complicated to visit each and every data stored. Here, people feel that they ‘forgot’.
There are certain distractions in everyday lives that interferes with our memory and makes it hard to recall:
Criticism: When a person gets criticised, he/she might not accept it gracefully. They get anxious, or angry and might miss the revolution of memory.
Suppression: People do their best to get away from certain relationships, or things. They remove those items or related things being fully aware of it.
Displacement: Learning a new task, or meeting new people requires space. With the new incoming information, it may happen we side-line similar previous details.
It is a pre-requisite that when remember experiences, check if they are readily present. Is the memory really there? Will I be able to retrieve the lost at an appropriate time? Is it ‘accessible’, and ‘available’?
When an obtrusion occurs, it creates confusion and the mind is messed up.
A practice of ‘free association’ helps a bit. Develop sensible thinking, take time for yourself. Relax. Think whatever comes up. Reflect. Block out unnecessary feelings, and emotions.
“A lot of anything destroys everything.”
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I’m Deepti. I’m an avid reader of classics and exhibit an interest in philosophy. I’m motivated by my love for learning and desire of writing.
Editors: Ritika and Grisha