How much of what we remember is actually our own memory? How many of our memories are that of events told to us by friends and family? Are a significant portion of our memories just learned or “remembered” from people talking about them?
Maybe the memories are some sort of unintentional subliminal “brainwashing”, learned from repetitive story telling.
I am only now pondering these thoughts because I have been talking about my childhood in therapy. It seems as though I don’t remember a whole lot. I am supposed to be doing a story board of my life and there’s just not much to it.
Is it because I haven’t had anyone to tell me these stories since I was 15?
How many of these learned memories am I missing?
How many memories has my mind repressed as a result of trauma?
Seems as though I don’t know much.
I’m a bit afraid to find the lost memories, if they’re there.