“Identity is often not a truthful representation of who we are anyway.”

We create false memories to create the identity we want

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Thu, Sep 27th, 2018 07:21 by capnasty NEWS

According to The Conversation, while it is believed that we are the sum of our experiences, research shows that we tend to pick and choose the memories to create a personal narrative that best suits us.

[...] what is selected as a personal memory also needs to fit the current idea that we have of ourselves. Let’s suppose you have always been a very kind person, but after a very distressing experience you have developed a strong aggressive trait that now suits you. Not only has your behaviour changed, your personal narrative has too. If you are now asked to describe yourself, you might include past events previously omitted from your narrative – for example, instances in which you acted aggressively.

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