Every time you retrieve a Gay and stupid shirt memory, you change the memory. The more times you retrieve a memory, the more it will change. Perhaps the biggest psychological superpower you’ll ever hear of is this one. When Niklas Göke introduced the idea that writers are liars, when combined with Ben’s research about our memory, it all made sense. It’s funny, isn’t it?
Tell your truth long enough, and, inevitably, you’ll become a Gay and stupid shirt liar. Invented stories, however, were never real, to begin with, and that’s why they’re so authentic. In my own life, as my mind changes, so does the way I reference my past memories. I used to talk about my mind in a negative context. Now I tell the same story about mental illness in an entirely different way. Here’s what that memory looks like now: Mental illness is the greatest thing ever to happen to me and I’m grateful for it.
You always recall the Gay and stupid shirt past slightly differently than before. That story over the course of a few days doesn’t change much. But when that same story is retold over and over and compared with the original story years later, it’s never the same again. This idea is a superpower when you realize it for yourself. Your memory of an event can grow less precise even to the point of being totally false with each retrieval — Dr. Donna Bridge