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Do you recall memories in first or third person

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Try to recall a memory -- do you see it in first person, or do you see it in third person?
 

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always first
 

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Third more often than first. It's kind of odd.
 

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First. My memories, especially the more significant ones, tend to be very vivid in terms of exactly what I remember. The elements surrounding it, how I felt, what I saw, the environmental factors, etc are all part of what implants a memory in my mind and helps me recount it. Every now and then there are memories I have that are surreal in that it was such a weird situation or just something so far removed from the norm that it seems like it happened to someone else and not me. Those are the ones I sometimes recall in third person as even though I remember them well, they don't feel like something I myself actually experienced and just can't get in the mindset of applying it to me.
 

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Hmm so first person seems to be common so far. I have always recalled memories in third person--as if I'm a spectator watching myself and everyone else. I can't even imagine what it's like to recall a memory in first person.
 

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First person, always. I've dreamt in third person a few times, though.
 

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How would I see things in third person? Would I be picturing myself from a bird's eye view or something?

But then I'd be re-imagining it, not remembering it...?
 
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How would I see things in third person? Would I be picturing myself from a bird's eye view or something?

But then I'd be re-imagining it, not remembering it...?
I recall things in third person.

It's something akin to playing out scenes in your mind as you read. Except, in this case, you are the protagonist. When my doppelganger performs an action (e.g. smile), the emotions I experienced at that moment would also transcend to me, the viewer.
 
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I recall things in third person.

It's something akin to playing out scenes in your mind as you read. Except, in this case, you are the protagonist. When my doppelganger performs an action (e.g. smile), the emotions I experienced at that moment would also transcend to me, the viewer.
This.

I have a lot of difficulty putting myself behind my eyes in a memory.

It's an interesting reminder of how fallible the human memory is.
 

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Both. The more painful or traumatic the event I'm recalling, the more likely it is that I'll recall it from the third person perspective. It's kind of like reviewing it from a minimum safe (emotional) distance so I can examine it, learn from it, but not actually re-experience it.
 

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I picked first person, but that's not always the case -- sometimes I do have images of "me" in the memory, as if watching myself from the outside. It's interesting since I can tell it's an idealized me, not the actual me from the event in question.
 
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How would I see things in third person? Would I be picturing myself from a bird's eye view or something?

But then I'd be re-imagining it, not remembering it...?
It's basically pulling your perception away from your body. It doesn't have to be in the sky. For me it is a few feet back, usually. However, I am typically very aware of my surroundings, so in the memory I can see what's behind me and all around me, too. It would be like watching a movie with you as the actor.

I like what the other person said: it's a way to examine yourself and everything around you.
 

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I think mostly third person. The memories I have as a young child seem to be in first person mainly, but now they are mostly in third. I wonder when or why that happened...
 
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