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How we think about our past and how our past thinks about us
Robert N. Kraft Ph.D.
Remembering ourselves: Finding truth in memory.
Lists are necessary for managing our complicated lives.
The lessons of personal memory can bestow practical wisdom — until these lessons clutter our behavior with excessive eccentricities.
Many of us have been spending a lot of time in the place we call home, but what exactly is home?
Forgetting to carry out the various acts in our daily lives can be troublesome—but also understandable and manageable.
After persistent disturbances in the political world, what happens when worldly intrusions suddenly diminish?
Irony, whimsy, wit, and silliness can accompany us through serious times.
To be cheered by our memories, we can engage in specific retrieval strategies to reexperience the playfulness and joy in our lives.
Our interpretation of the important uncertainties in our lives depends on the behavior of memory.
It’s time to step back and question the cryptic brevity of texting, Twitter, Facebook, and microblogging – and consider fuller expression.
What did parents do about toilet training before diapers? One answer: elimination communication.
Our tendency to repeat historical mistakes arises not from an ignorance of history but from the difficulty of accessing the original experiences.
One valuable way to document our experiences and observations during the coronavirus pandemic is through six-word memoirs.
Sometimes, the best person to talk to is yourself.
Breakups leave behind a set of vivid memories—pleasant and unpleasant. How can we acknowledge these memories and also move on with our lives?
Physical attacks are clearly observable. Verbal attacks, on the other hand, are often not recognizable—unless people are trained to see them.
The show entertained (and frustrated) viewers, while also illuminating how people manage forgiveness and reconciliation.
When an unwanted memory keeps returning, take steps to keep it at bay.
The basic human act of writing allows us to reconsider, reinterpret, and gain perspective on perplexing problems in our lives.
What should we do with memories that come unbidden?
Until recently, seeing ourselves from the perspectives of others was an act of informed imagination. Now, these perspectives are directly observable.
Rather than criticizing ourselves for a memory lapse, we should think of forgetting as a necessary function and not as a breakdown of the memory system.
Most of us have visited the lost-and-found to retrieve a misplaced item, but where can we go to retrieve misplaced memories?
Even with social media, most of our lives are undocumented – except by memory. When remembering ourselves and our developmental timeline, how do we put our memories in order?
Endings shape our memory for an entire experience. How can we change that to get past unhappy endings?
The perfect Pinocchio test does not yet exist, but we can use principles of memory (and forgetting) to distinguish between memory errors and deliberate deception.
Not the power to remember, but its very opposite—the power to forget—is a necessary condition of our existence.
We all encounter personal injustices in our daily lives. What can we do to achieve a satisfying resolution, while maintaining a balanced perspective of the actions of others?
When recalling our past and telling our lives to others, what obligations do we have to our memories, to our audience, and to the people we are remembering?
New presidents have a special responsibility to promote understanding among a sharply divided electorate. What leadership qualities encourage this understanding?
Robert N. Kraft, Ph.D., is a professor of cognitive psychology at Otterbein University.