To give more life to (and butcher the original text of) a tangential footnote I made in a post on an otherwise completely unrelated topic…
Well, do you? How good or bad is it?
One other thing I’m kind of curious about is WHAT things people (with good memories or not) tend to remember very well (and also what they tend to forget).
I personally remember people, experiences and interactions very well, but consistantly forget “important” things like doctor’s appointments or paying my bills on time.
I know there are also people out there who can remember every single thing they learned in school, but can’t remember a person’s name after being introduced 5 times.
Me, I have a freakishly good super memory when it comes to people/experiences.
For example, I’ll often remember exactly what a certain person and I did the first time we met, what they were wearing that night, or direct quotes they said in regards to the conversation we were having about whatever on the same night. I’ll mention these things, and they’ll either have no idea what I’m talking about and be amazed that I can remember such a thing, or (rarer) remember it differently until I provide more details, other things that happened to compare it to, or whatever, and they start to piece everything together and finally say, “oh yeah! You’re right!”
This applies to my childhood memories as well. I’ll sometimes sit there and tell my parents stupid things I remember from when I was 5 years old. Like we went to this park over the summer this one time, and it was raining, and I wore this outfit, and I found a butterfly that was this color and this pattern. They’ll also be amazed that I remember it, and confirm all the details. Or maybe they’ll argue a small detail, but I always know they’re wrong and I was right the first time. (;))
Basically, I just remember almost everything I experience, and I remember it vividly. Not only that, but the majority of the time when I relate little memories to people, I get some version of “how in the hell do you remember that?”
If you can relate, you have what I have just dubbed “a freakishly good super memory.” Welcome to the club.
(I don’t mean to to imply in any way that I never forget things, because I do quite often. It’s just that it seems like 90% of the time the situation comes up, I’ll be the one to remember something and the other person is the one that doesn’t remember it)
Anyway, I don’t want this post to be all about me and have the thread sink to the bottom with just this OP, so let’s discuss.