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Journaling Prompt – Write A Memory That Has Never Been

March 4th, 2009 by Avital
[Photo by: Angela Marie]

One semester I took a course on the human mind. The professor was a clinical psychologist and the purpose of this class was to give us a glimpse into the mind of potential witnesses. I’ll let you know it was not my strongest subject… I excelled at taxation and business law. Please do not hold that against me… However, it was one of the more interesting courses I took (Along with modern physics and forensic medicine 101).

One of the more fascinating facts I have learned in that class is that the human memory is quite flimsy. A person can paint a picture of something that has never happened in his head, yet if the picture is detailed and vivid enough, this person will be able to embed it into his memory and won’t be able to tell the difference between this made up memory and an event he actually experienced. Scary, huh?

For this week’s journaling prompt I would like to play and write down a detailed memory which has never been Play along with me – AT YOUR OWN RISK.

My fictional memory is:

It was 7pm. I had just come back home. All day long my belly had been tossing and turning ever since I had heard about their absence. I was sitting in the porch with my mother and her friend when I heard: “They’re back. They got dehydrated and lost their way – but they are back now”. I was filled with joy and the knot in my belly had finally untied. They were found. They are alive!

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2 Comments to “Journaling Prompt – Write A Memory That Has Never Been”

  1. ginny says:

    Fun prompt! In middle school, I burned my forehead really bad with a curling iron. According to my mom, I was embarrassed and said she bumped into me causing myself to burn my head. To this day, my memory still is of my made up story. I kind of remember making up the memory, but not really. Strange, lol.

    That had to have been a great course. I always loved psychology classes.

    • Avital says:

      Hey Ginny, thanks so much for sharing. Yes, this class was GREAT. My make believe memory was also created to protect myself from the real memory…