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    What is your earliest memory?

    What is your earliest memory, or your earliest few memories?

    How much detail can you remember? How certain are you that it's 'accurate' rather than filled in?

    How old were you?

    Was there a certain age after which you remember most of your life and it stops being cloudy? If so, what is it?
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    See https://personalitycafe.com/intj-foru...st-memory.html for some INTJ answers.

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    I remember wobbling up to a big door that had a sticker with a smiley face and rainbow on it. I asked my mom what it said and she said "it means that you're three years old." And I remember having an epiphany, as much as a toddler can have one, on how young I was, how small I was compared to her, and simultaneously thinking "That can't be right, I'm not that young, I'm 21 and in college!"

    It's the most vivid memory I have, perhaps it was my first complex thought, the idea that I've only lived for three years and at some point I did not exist. I remember the blankness my mind faced at trying to contemplate how it would be if I was not here, how not-here-ness would feel like.

    Don't know how I thought I was 21 though.
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    I don't remember being born. It must have happened during one of my blackouts.
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    I remember being fed bean tamales when I was ~two years old.

    I actually remember the layout of the house I lived in when I was that age.

    I hate to sound narcissistic, but I have a really good hippocampus.
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    My earliest memories are of my mother being pregnant with my brother. I was four.

    I remember puzzling over how the baby would get out, lol. One night, when she was very pregnant, I was laying in bed and I heard her tell my dad she felt like her belly was going to rip off. I was overcome with the horrifying realization that my mom was going to split in half and the baby would pop out. This was reinforced by the fact that I knew she had to be "sewn up" after I was born (cesarean).

    Around the same time, I have a memory of overhearing my uncle jokingly say that "pretty girls don't poop." I have no idea what he was talking about, but I became very upset over the fact that I do indeed poop. I came to the conclusion that it meant I wasn't pretty. My mom caught me crying in the bathroom and asked what happened, and when I told her, she went and smacked my uncle on the head. I only know these two events were close together because my mother was late in pregnancy for both of them.

    I feel like I might vaguely remember some things from earlier in my life, but these are my earliest clear memories.
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    I remember sticking a rock up my nose at Wheeler Park by the monkey bars when I was two. At a family reunion. My cousin Annie was playing nearby. I remember my uncle trying to get the rock out with tweezers. I remember everyone freaking out because it was stuck. I remember going to the hospital and sitting in a huge chair while the doctor got it out and I cried.

    I have very vague and fuzzy like flash memories from before then, but nothing sequential like this.

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    My first memory is of me in a bookstore with my dad when I was about two years old. I somehow got separated from him and calmly walked up to the lady at the counter and told her that I was lost and can't find my daddy. About a minute later my dad and I were reunited. I remember just walking around and not being worried because I knew that everything would be okay. I was surprisingly calm as a toddler and rarely got upset or worried from what I was told...just kind of did my own thing haha

    Another memory I had when I was about 3 was when my mom was in the hospital because she was giving birth to my brother and I remember what the room looked like too. Also, there was a memory a little after that when I was moved to the downstairs bedroom because my baby brother had to be in my old room closer to my parents upstairs and one night I remember leaving the downstairs bedroom, walking into the living room and looking up the stairs and how dark it looked and I wanted to claim my room back! But the stairs looked way too dark and I decided to sit on the couch and contemplate why my parents didn't love me anymore and why this new "thing" was taking over...haha
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    I was three and I drank some charcoal lighter fluid. I only remember not being able to breathe and my mom putting me in the car to take me to the hospital. I don't remember anything else about it.

    And my first memories of my parents fighting was around that age (when I was 3)...the fighting, yelling, stuff hitting the walls. It was quite scary but I got used to it as I got older.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nádej View Post
    I remember sticking a rock up my nose at Wheeler Park by the monkey bars when I was two. At a family reunion. My cousin Annie was playing nearby. I remember my uncle trying to get the rock out with tweezers. I remember everyone freaking out because it was stuck. I remember going to the hospital and sitting in a huge chair while the doctor got it out and I cried.

    I have very vague and fuzzy like flash memories from before then, but nothing sequential like this.
    I had that with a dime, when I was a bit older. My mother wasn't at home, so completely stressed I knocked the door of the neighbors. He asked what was going on, but I felt so stupid and ashamed that I just started crying pointing at my nose.

    Anyway he got it out with a tool, and so strange, it had turned into a quarter! ;)

    My oldest memory was when I was two. I had walked alone to the school where my sisters went, and knowing the route already from going there with my mother every day. And one time I decided to do it on my own and I found my sister on the playground. Unfortunately I wasn't allowed to join class, but I remember my sister asking the headmaster, so I understood the language also, although from scientific research I know (parts of) memory, in this case their words, could have been filled in later.
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