Would you have a few minutes for some slightly deeper thoughts?

Do you trust your memory?

Your memories are unreliable and often flat-out wrong, especially when it comes to remembering how you felt at a certain time or place.

Your ability to predict your thoughts and feelings in the future is even worse.

Did you notice that your memory is egotistical?

You might think it’s an accurate record of things that have happened to you or stuff you’ve learned, but it isn’t. Your memory often tweaks and adjusts the information it stores to make you look better.

Everything you are is a feature of your brain, and as such much of what your brain does is dedicated to making you look and feel as good as possible. And one of the ways it can do this is by modifying your memories to make you feel better about yourself …