Some past events are better not remembered so clearly. These are memories that may torment you but where it is too late to do anything in a practical sense. It may help to realize that these recurring memories are almost never accurate enough to be useful. As one researcher described it, you are not really remembering the original event; instead, you are remembering the last time you remembered it. A recurring memory is likely to be distorted by fear, particularly when fears are connected to worries about what kind of person you are. If you examine the memory closely, you realize how little you actually know of the sequence of events on that occasion.

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