Do you have a sense of structure to your memories?
May 9, 2011 12:55 PM Subscribe
I seem to be losing the time structure of my memories. Is this a thing?
posted by DangerIsMyMiddleName to health & fitness (31 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I seem to be losing the ability to remember when things happened, and in which order, or what was happening at the same time. For example, if I'm asked what I was doing last June, or when was it that I moved from one country to another, I don't know unless I count back through experiences in my head, or try to remember the scene for clues to the year. I remember once having a really strong feeling for the "structure" of the years, but now everything from the past decade seems to be falling into a mush. Major life events - deaths, significant relationships, family marriages, moving countries, new jobs, books I've published, and so on - are all starting to lose their dates, their place in the past decade, in my head.
I couldn't tell you, for example, what I did for my past three birthdays - and definitely not in order. Nor can I remember what I've been doing over past weekends without really thinking hard. And I can't, without looking at my resumé, give you start or finish dates of the jobs I've done, even to the year. The more I think about it, the more I can't nail down to a time.
I'm starting to find this very unnerving, but it might just be normal, I suppose. Is this something to be worried about? Do most people have a strong narrative sense of their memories? Is it just a thing that you get in your thirties? (I'm 35) Or if you're insanely busy? Or should I be, you know, seeing a doctor?