The Memory Illusion by Dr. Julia Shaw (184)

This is an eye-opening and startling book. None of us want to think that we may not be who we think we are. That is a surprising thesis one that we don’t want to accept. However, after reading the book, I must say that I am more convinced than ever that this may be case.

When we define ourselves, we may think of our gender, ethnicity, occupation, and education as well as whether we are homeowners, have children, our marital status, and much more. We may also think of our personality traits, whether we’re optimistic or pessimistic, funny or serious, selfish or selfless as part of who we are as well. But is it really?

Our personal memories help us understand our life trajectories. We can remember the inspiring conversations we had with our professors, mother, relatives over the years and much more. Therefore, our memories can form the bedrock of our identities.

This book explains the fundamental principles of our memories, diving into the biological reasons why we forget and remember.

Dr. Shaw explains how our social environments play a pivotal role in the way we experience and remember the world. Dr. Shaw also explains how the self-concept shapes our memories.

I found her thesis astounding that our memories are subject to errors, alterations, and misapprehensions. However, after reading this book, it left me wondering how much I truly know about the world and even myself. I wonder also if we are enigma’s to ourselves. If we are, what we think we know about ourselves is faulty and leaves more questions and answers about ourselves.


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I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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