We Tend to See the Past Through Rose-Colored Glasses

I have a continuing thought off of this morning’s post.  One fact about looking to the past is the brain does not remember specific pain.  It is the brain’s way of protecting us.  We remember that we hurt and possibly some details, but the actual pain itself is masked to a large degree to help us survive.  And because of our brain we tend to see the past through rose-colored glasses, seeing mostly the positives of an event and forgetting the negatives.

Because of this we must be very careful in how much emphasis we put in looking to our past.  Events from our memory are not always accurately remembered!   Ever wondered why husbands and wives or boyfriends and girlfriends get back together when all you remember them doing was arguing?  And when you speak to them about it they reply “come on, it wasn’t that bad!”  When in fact it might have been worse!!  This is my point.

Here is a great article about memory:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2007/jul/13/health.medicineandhealth

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