What we constantly tell ourselves is that we remember a certain event like it was yesterday. You vividly recall every detail of that event, good or bad, which suddenly appears in your conscious. Major events can also be instantly recalled such as your wedding, tragic events such as 9-11, etc.
Often, we’ll argue with someone such as a co-worker, spouse, or a friend, about a past event that you’ve both shared, and you’re both absolutely convinced that your recollection is right, that you are correct, and the other is wrong.
We like to think that our memories are intact, reliable, stable, preserved and waiting for us to recall at will over and over again, that our brain enjoys photographic memory.
We also like to believe that our thought processes, whether we’re reflecting back on a memory or something that just occurred, are completely rational, reliable, and conscious.
Living A Life Of Illusion
But realize this isn’t true and far from it. Our brains are completely bombarded by stimuli, more than we can handle every second, minute, or on a daily basis.
As a result, what our brain needs to do is instantly connect the dots by filling in all of the empty blanks for us, without we even realizing it. Furthermore, what we happen to store in our memory is nothing but a shorthanded version, a notation of the moment, which takes place outside of our consciousness.
Whenever we recall something that happened, such as when you first met your spouse, the events which led up to an important event in your life, your brain isn’t actually retrieving the memory.
What it’s scrambling to do is place back together, retrieve the scattered puzzle pieces of the experience by piecing it back together again. Also, unconscious biases will shape how we recall these events of the past.
Hindsight Is 20/20
Our brains are in the business of attempting to make sense of both the immediate stimuli which is surrounding us, along with the events and the encounters which we’ve experienced.
This happens on autopilot, as our minds will unconsciously and automatically do so at will, every second, even before we realize it. So as a result, those extraordinary events which appears surprising at first, then ultimately appears both unsurprising or at times predictable.
This process is referred to as hindsight. Whether it’s something that altered ours or others lives, such as the global financial crisis, the winning play of the last Superbowl game, the results of an election, we’ll find ourselves saying, that’s the outcome that I predicted. “I somehow knew that it would turn out that way.”
Once something, an event has happened, our earliest memories on what it is that we thought, might happen to disappear, and then we become convinced that it would of taken place all along.
We Think We Can Predict
This particular bias of hindsight makes these events appear more explicable and predictable than they actually are, and the world that we live in appears to be more stable.
Hence the reason why we do the Monday morning quarterbacking. “I just knew that this project wasn’t going to work out, that it was doomed to failure, this because we approached the marketing all wrong.”
Or, “I knew that she was going to leave me. She’s was just too unforgiving and impatient.” The value of hindsight is that it makes the world that we live in appear less chaotic, and it tends to soothe us when we get upset.
But the bad news of all this is that what hindsight tends to do is bias our tendencies to over simplify situations too often, as well as getting in the way of us actually thinking about what really happened.
How To Memorize Better
To memorize is storing information somewhere in the brain for later recall and reuse. The definition of memory is the ability, the power or the act of remembering. Remembering is to recall, bringing to our conscious minds a previous event or effort.
Most are able to memorize certain things temporarily and will then forget about them once they’re no longer of use. This occurs once a student studies for a subject that they have no interest in, just to pass the exam.
Growing minds need to memorize names, colors, multiplication, the alphabet. This information becomes important in their daily lives and becomes critical as the grades and learning in school advances.
Keys To Improving Memory
There are several forces which can affect our memory. It’s been found that our diet can play a major effect on impairing memory, usually at the most inopportune times. Another known cause of memory failure is the lack of physical exercise.
There are also the foreign substances, the toxins which enters our bodies which restricts or delays how we remember and recall. These can be too much sugar, alcohol, or the side effects of certain medications which can have a negative effect.
There are also traumatic events and injuries which can affect our memory, as can diseases. Inadequate mental along with spiritual stimulation appears to have an influence as well.
There are certain known life stresses which are connected to memory impairment. If you live a life full of turmoil and stress on a daily basis, unorganized or over scheduled with activities, not caring about your health or welfare, your memory will then suffer.
It then becomes a process which needs time to repair and reverse. You need to begin taking better care of your priorities. Realize how well that you care for your mind and body. It can be solved and be as easy as a quick workout at the gym, this to get back on track.