No childhood memories?
Posted 25 April 2006 - 06:04 PM
Posted 25 April 2006 - 06:24 PM
I'm not sure how to unlock memories, but I do know sometimes they come back to me in dreams or just randomly pop into my head. It's a mystery as to how the brain works regarding memory.
Posted 25 April 2006 - 06:25 PM
Posted 25 April 2006 - 09:14 PM
I wouldn't worry about it.
EDIT: I also wanted to say it is probably not productive to 'unlock' memories - there is no evidence that supressed memories even exist, and probing in to your past looking for memories can produce false memories. It's just not worthwhile.
Posted 26 April 2006 - 05:41 AM
Posted 26 April 2006 - 06:30 AM
Posted 26 April 2006 - 09:51 AM
Yeah, I've thought about the risk of creating false memories, and of course I wouldn't want to do that. It's just that most people seem to remember most of their childhood from age five or so, and I have always wondered why I can't do that. I don't know, it just feels like it would be easier to cope with whatever childhood trauma(s) I had if I could only remember them. Perhaps my biggest trauma was the feeling of being abandoned by my parents, a feeling so powerful and painful that I don't want to remember it ever again... nah, I don't know, I'm just guessing because I'm curious to find out.
Memory is a tough thing to judge. If someone said "Remember age 6" to me - I draw a completely blank - not ONE thing comes to my mind. Same if I think "Remember what my Mom and Dad were like when I was 6" - nothing but blanks.
Memory needs cues to work from - if someone says "Remember when your grandma took you on that trip to florida when you were 6" - I can then remember it - trying to just "remember" a period of your life is nearly impossible.
Posted 26 April 2006 - 12:02 PM
Posted 26 April 2006 - 01:01 PM
Matt210: My therapist said something similar to me a while ago, that we remember things from childhood by talking about them, that our parents or whoever keep them alive by bringing them up. Of course my parents never talked to me very much about anything, so I guess it's possible that my memories just faded. I try to give myself cues, but it doesn't work (go figure).
But it's funny, because I don't have many clear memories from when I was depressed either, so a few years of my life is just a blur. Not much to remember from then either, I guess.
Well, I was just curious to know if it's normal or if I'm some kind of freak.
Posted 26 April 2006 - 01:09 PM
For some reason, I have many memories aged 4-6, and 9-10, but not in between!
Wow - just out of curiosity I am wondering how you know this? How on earth can you distinguish exactly when a memory happened? I am assuming you have some sort of cues (ex. from 6-9 you lived in a different house - and you have no strong memories of being at that house? i'm just giving an example to show what i mean).
I don't understand how it is possible to know exactly when you have memories from - Maybe i'm the unusual one here - but my memories just are - I can usually guess when they are from when I recall them, but its not like my past is laid out behind me like a calender and i know when there are blanks.
Posted 26 April 2006 - 07:33 PM
book on how childhood trauma and memory/amnesia are related.
Posted 27 April 2006 - 12:12 AM
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