Have you ever felt like there are some things that you remember about the past which may not be fully true? While it seems that memories are very straightforward and real, they are actually easily subject to change. It is possible that you may remember an event that happened differently or didn’t happen at all.
One of the reasons for this is that as you grow and as your worldview changes, your memories can be reconstructed according to those new beliefs. It has also been proven that one can end up creating false memories of things that never happened. But, this doesn’t happen all by itself.
Sometimes, a memory can already be distorted and further false information about it can cause you to believe something entirely different from reality. For example, if you remember receiving a special gift from a friend as a child, but in reality that gift was given to you by a relative, you have a distorted memory. If somebody feeds you further false information, let’s say the name of the friend, who gave you that gift, you are very likely to believe it, and have thus created a false memory.
Other times, the brain convinces you of something that never happened to feel completed. For example, if you have never met a certain person but people have given you descriptive details about them and the time they spent with them, you may start believing you actually met the person. It is also said that every time you recount a memory, you add something to it, and eventually those additions become a part of your memory, whether they are accurate or not.
Memories have been described as a Wikipedia page; you can change it and others can too. So, it is important to always be careful regarding memories and their use in sensitive situations.