Forgetting and Failing to
July 25, 2010 6:09 AM Subscribe
Please help with my writing project on the kinds of memories that visit you over and over again and annoy, non-plus or disturb you. I’ve got my own examples and some of the most common (e.g., irritating songs). What involuntary memories do you have—that you wish you didn’t?
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For years I was plagued by the memory every single cockroach I’d ever seen or squashed—where, when. Yes, I was afraid of them, but not that afraid. The argument could hardly be made that my involuntary memories of ugly bugs served any adaptive purpose. Psychologists and neuroscientists often make the argument that this is the reason why these memories show up over and over again—to protect us against future threats of harm. The argument works for unwanted memories of traumatic events, but not for others. I may be unusual. Help me get a broader sampling of experience beyond my own. Thanks!