Fak­ing It

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Letters -

I was amazed and shocked to read that we cre­ate false memories for our­selves (‘False Memories’, June). My mother died when I was two years old and I have al­ways be­lieved my memories of her – not many – to be real. I had what I thought was a clear and gen­uine mem­ory of her and I play­ing with our dog in the gar­den.

Read­ing this ar­ti­cle has made me re­alise that in all like­li­hood my ‘mem­ory’ came from a par­tic­u­lar photo of us and from hear­ing my aunts and grand­mother tell me how much she en­joyed play­ing with me in this way. While this is a sad re­al­i­sa­tion, hav­ing those ‘memories’ was a spe­cial con­nec­tion and it no doubt helped me deal with the griev­ing process as I got older. AMANDA COLE

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