The past tends to be glorified and be remembered beautifully. That’s why I often miss my childhood or youth.
However, a study found that people with depression currently do not remember their past beautifully.
This is the content of a paper by a British research team published in the international scientific journal Cognition and Emotion.
When you recall past memories, there are things or actions that you think you did well. This is the’autobiographical memory’ that makes me positively aware of the present.
Autobiographical memory makes you have a’self-uplifting bias’ through the’positive bias’ that mainly recalls the good side of yourself. Self-elevating prejudice refers to a prejudice that regards success as my virtue and failure to blame others.
In other words, it means that you edit only what you did well for yourself to glorify your memories of yourself in the past, and evaluate yourself in the present as well.
However, according to a research team at Hull University in England, who conducted this study, the positive bias that people with depression see based on their own positive side based on their autobiographical memory is not properly achieved.
The research team asked participants to record positive and negative memories of themselves. As a result, people without depression specifically wrote positive memories rather than negative ones, and put themselves at the center of their life stories. On the other hand, people with depression had no discrimination between positive and negative memories, and tended to put others at the center of their life stories.
The research team explained that while autobiographical memories of themselves are generally a means of looking at themselves positively, they can lead to a vicious cycle of falling into more depressed emotions in that it is not so for people with depression.
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