Childhood memories – how many are normal?

2 years, 10 months ago

I recently noticed I have very little childhood memories. It’s more like a bunch of single scenes, not a constant string. For example, I don’t really remember how I slept, went to bed at night and got up in the morning when I was little. Until I was about 10. I also don’t remember if I bought clothes for myself. And many other stuff. I am wondering, is this normal? How much do you guys remember?

March 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

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Profile photo of Filip Filip M (@filipek) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Stating that something is ‘normal’ means that you have a reference point and you compare yourself to others. Normal is something subjective so I would not worry too much about this if I were you. Our brain is a master in suppressing memories we do not want to have, or at that moment are better to forget, but also in this matter it differs per person. Some people remember traumatic events like they happened yesterday while others ‘forget’ them completely. Furtermore are memories are biased a lot, as seen in experiments where people had to remember objects from pictures. While being showed similar pictures with objects that were not there in the first place, people recalled those objects as if they were there. They believed so much in their false memories that some did not even come to their senses after being showed the initial pictures. Just one example of how subjective and biased our brains work.

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Profile photo of Betty Blue Betty Blue (@revolutionaryroad) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Yeah I know what you mean.

Still, I would like to compare the amount of childhood memories I have to others. Do you remember your childhood in detail? If not, then how?

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Profile photo of Filip Filip M (@filipek) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

I have a few memories from my realnearly childhood(3/4), and there are more the older I get. I really do not know how much this is in numbers, but it is not that I remember my childhood in a stready timeline or something like that. ‘Random’ memories which reflect both good as bad memories but honestly I think I remember more bad things than good. This changed over time as well though.

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Profile photo of Salman Salman (@salman) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Betty your childhood memories are just fine. Mine are the same way too. I only remember it as small clips rather than having complete strings. I remember events like getting hurt by falling off my bicycle or when I was very afraid of something or when I did something bad and got scolded for it. I think Filip is right in saying that our mind has to get rid of useless bits of memories to create space for new memories.
And about you not remembering going to bed and then waking up, do you remember your bed or your room. If you cant remember your bed then that is kind of strange I guess :)

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Profile photo of Betty Blue Betty Blue (@revolutionaryroad) 2 years, 10 months ago ago

Yeah I remember my bed but like from one single occasion when I was six or something. I think I shared a bed with my brother, it must have been that way. I also don’t remember how I would have breakfast, what I ate. How I put on my clothes, if my mum was there or my dad was there. What my brother did. How exactly I spent my days. Only random flashes. What the holidays were like. How I spent the weekends.

Maybe it is true it’s like unused disk space. Maybe it’s still there. I don’t know.

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