Worried about being forgetful? Forget about it!

Spring 2009 CSANews Issue 70  |  Posted date : Apr 30, 2009.Back to list


Worried about being forgetful? Forget about it!

The act of forgetting is a necessary function of the brain that is required in order for it to operate efficiently. Our lives are filled with so many mundane, unremarkable events that we wilfully omit meaningless details from our memory in order to make room for meaningful events and important information.

We automatically, although subconsciously, delete information when it is updated or replaced with new, important information. Consider all of the phone numbers you have had over the years, banking pass codes, voice message pass codes, even old flames. When we update information that is important to our daily lives, we delete or forget the old, no longer useful, information. It is an act of removing clutter to make space for the new data that will need to be recalled quickly.

If you want to remember more of the details of your day-to-day life for the purpose of creating memoirs or for a simple diversion, keep a journal. There are memories that have been stored deep in your brain that can be recovered. By keeping a journal, you point to one or two important details of a day and this can jog your memory into greater detail. Essentially, you are creating a path to your personal history that you can return to at a later date.