The Fallacy Within Your Memories

Is there a more compelling reason to journal than this?

Darren Matthews
4 min readJun 27, 2022
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Your memories are time stamps of history.

Your history.

The problem is your memories are stored in your mind, and it isn’t very good at remembering. Yes, your mind has a lot to hold onto, so it tends to skimp on the detail. And that’s not good.

It’s the details that get lost.

Like a helicopter pilot flying at 10,000 feet, the ground becomes small and only the biggest buildings, roads, and landmarks remain visible. The ground blurs into a sea of green pastel colours. Homes are smudges on the landscape.

Your memories suffer the same fate.

Instead of altitude, it’s time and your mind’s biases fading your memories.

Recency bias means we favour memories of more recent times over older ones. Hindsight bias helps us adjust memories to make them more favourable to the circumstances of the moment. Outcome bias delivers the memories that most delight or horrify us-again depending on the moment we recall the thought in our minds.

And then there is the ever-growing age gap between then and now.

They combine to create fallacies of what we remember. It is the fallacy within our…

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Darren Matthews

Following my curiosity — which is decision-making — and sharing what I learn along the way