Flashbulb memories are recollections that seem to vivid, so clear, that we can picture them as if they were snapshots of moments in time. (Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour)
I absolutely, completely, definitely do not have flashbulb memories. I’ve also talked to a couple of people who say that they don’t have any either, but I’m not writing off flashbulb memories as a myth. I’m sure some people do have them.
And then, there’s all the stuff about false memories. Maybe its human nature for me to believe I don’t have false memories.
But, here’s my theory. I have a terrible memory, really truly terrible. This both includes and goes beyond forgetfulness. So, I can barely remember anything beyond last year and I am thoroughly convinced that what little I do remember is basically correct. And in this way, I there is something wrong with me.
Wouldn’t it be terrible if the teaspoon of things that I remember beyond a year ago was half wrong? Which is why I’m choosing to believe this theory of consistent minimal memory.