Written March 11, 2021:
If Only It Were That Easy
This is only like one of my worst nightmares! I do not delete photos, videos and whathaveyous so the tendency really is for my memory to be full. My 2012 iPhone 5 is full (and super old lol), my 2017 mini iPad is full, and now my 2018 Samsung Galaxy S9+ is full.
It does not matter, it is not like when I delete these things from my phone, I will forget about them already anyway. Right?
“People do have the power to repress, and eventually forget, certain memories, states an article from Telegraph. Intentionally repressing a memory for long enough can cause one to forget it. This occurs because the brain becomes active when someone purposefully works to forget something.
While selective memory is generally regarded as a negative happening, there are certain instances where it can come in handy. A great example of this is in cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other painful events that may do more harm than good. It is inadvisable to repress memories as a manner of dealing with challenges from the past. Unresolved, buried issues tend to fester and ooze out in unhealthy manners if they are not dealt with. Therefore, handling problems as they arise is better and much more constructive than simply attempting to forget them.
However, human willpower is sometimes a component that can prompt or enable selective memory.” https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/memory/an-overview-of-selective-memory/
I have always been fascinated by the idea of selective memory. Should I just test my willpower and try this? I suppose it would be interesting (and liberating) if I succeed in repressing painful events of my past. I just wonder if the lessons I learned from those experiences will be lost, too, as they are associated with those memories? When I see that person whom I decided to forget in the future, will my heart (because my mind supposedly have no recollection) recognize him? When I go to the places associated with those memories, how will I feel, like it’s strangely familiar or like it’s my first time seeing that place?
How do you deal with a full storage? Do you just let it be or delete (or forget)?
PS. Who has got an experience with selective memory? I challenge you, who wants to try? PM me. 🙂
Update: I still do not delete. It does not matter anyway, I have photos of men I have dated before my ex-fiance and I could not care less about them now, and do not recall much about their faces (unless I look at those snapshots). I reckon it depends on the person we are trying to forget, and not whether we have some things to remember them by or none.