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    INFP - The Idealists

    Short Term vs Long Term Memory

    Anyone else have a horrible short term memory, but an excellent long term memory? One thing I struggle with is thinking about telling someone something so much that I never actually tell them. Later, I'll ask the person I intended to tell what they thought about it, and they look at me like I'm crazy, because I never actually told them. I'm thinking this must be an intuitive thing, because my wife (definitely a sensor) gets aggravated when I do it.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Yes lol. When I come into work on Monday and a coworker asks if Friday or Saturday were busy or not, I kind of pause... "ummmm... I really don't remember". They know better than to ask me those things now, as it has become kind of an ongoing joke lol. Whether it was busy or not, is really not important to me, and epitomizes the phrase 'useless information', so I don't store it. Not to mention that I was probably pondering much more important things .

    And yes to your other point as well. You go to 'add' to a topic you think you have already brought up, but you're not even sure if you ACTUALLY brought it up yet, or if it was all in your head. So you literally have to ask "Did I already ask you about <insert topic>?" so you don't look like a fool.

    Or... you just start right back up in the middle of a conversation you were having a couple hours ago (or longer) as if the conversation never stopped (since you've been mulling it over in your head the whole time). As if the pause button was engaged a while, then once play is hit you pretty much start mid sentence, and you get the "huh?" face from your friend? lol

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    I'm actually the opposite. I can't remember much of anything from before age 10. However, I have a great shortterm memory. I'm awesome at cramming for tests =P. I have been known to memorize a 100 word vocabulary list for Spanish in about 12 minutes. While eating lunch. If I have a study guide for a class, I'll usually ace the test. All I have to do is write down the relevent info, and then just read over it before class. It doesn't seem like it should work, but it does.

    My memory problem comes from failing to anchor memories. If I anchor them to something, I can remember them. Like, for instance, I can usually remember the first time I met someone in great deal. I can still look back to meeting my best friend and can see it like it's a video -- I even remember what we were both wearing, what we both said, etc. We were 7. I have that memory anchored, but ask me to randomly come up with 5 more memories from that year? I'd be hopeless.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Good point. I didn't even think about tests. I was great at cramming and yes vocab and a definition lists of a couple pages or so I memorized in a heartbeat.

    I guess I don't have such a bad short term memory. Maybe I just find a lot of fluff in everyday life not worth remembering haha.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I have a bullshit, selective memory.... It's almost as if it chooses what to remember and discards the rest. And there are times I have to be told the same thing a few times before it sticks with me.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I have something like a photographic memory. I can see differences in people I havent seen in 2 days or 2 months. My memory is better in the short term I think.. BUT if I saw an image its remembered very well for a long time. Auditory memory for me is the worst. I remember how they said it what they looked like saying it or what their name felt like but.. the actual words that are said.. yea ask me and I will paraphrase, cause I have to. lol

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    I like to think of my memory as videographic =P. It's almost photographic, but moving and at about 640x480 pixels =D. Most of the time I can rewind the last fifteen minutes and go through it again in my head. I may not have noticed details at the time, but I can go back and look at them in retrospect. If I have an anchor on the memory, something that made it stick, I can go back pretty far. I've started to keep a photo-album in my "memory palace". I keep several memory clips in there. Sometimes when I don't have a camera but really want to record something, I'll take a "memory picture" of it so that I can draw it later. I have a few of those that are about 6 months old that I still need to draw/paint.

    @Mumbles : you're probably right about your memory filtering out fluff. At least it makes sense! =P

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    I have a horrible, horrible...did I say horrible short term memory? But I have a very good 'impression' type memory. What I mean by 'impression' type memory is that I'm able to pick up general context cues and store them on my long-term memory indefinitely even though I'm not conscious of it. For example, I'm the type of person that doesn't study for tests but can usually scan the textbook and get a 95% on those tests. When I scan the textbook, it's as if my brain picks up the important words and their associative meanings, and when I take the test, I usually know the answers based on that intuitive memory that I stored from it.

    However, tell me what I did 5 minutes ago, and I will draw blank looks on you. Heck, tell me what I'm doing right now and I will still be looking at you like you're talking to me in Chinese
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    My memory used to be eidetic and still sometimes is very good -- especially rote memory and emotional experiences. However, I have started forgetting more simple things or incidents with people that I should remember. I don't know why my memory is worse now.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by Mumbles View Post
    Yes lol. When I come into work on Monday and a coworker asks if Friday or Saturday were busy or not, I kind of pause... "ummmm... I really don't remember". They know better than to ask me those things now, as it has become kind of an ongoing joke lol. Whether it was busy or not, is really not important to me, and epitomizes the phrase 'useless information', so I don't store it. Not to mention that I was probably pondering much more important things .

    And yes to your other point as well. You go to 'add' to a topic you think you have already brought up, but you're not even sure if you ACTUALLY brought it up yet, or if it was all in your head. So you literally have to ask "Did I already ask you about <insert topic>?" so you don't look like a fool.

    Or... you just start right back up in the middle of a conversation you were having a couple hours ago (or longer) as if the conversation never stopped (since you've been mulling it over in your head the whole time). As if the pause button was engaged a while, then once play is hit you pretty much start mid sentence, and you get the "huh?" face from your friend? lol
    yup yup.


    Probably not related, but I like to vizualize things over actually doing them. Ironically, I can't stand it when other people do it.

    I also have hurrrrrrrible long term memory, in the sense that I have so many memories, I don't even know when they happened. It could have been when I was 5, or 16. I honestly don't know.
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