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19 / F / Balmer, Murlin
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Posted 5/4/14
I've been told that I have an excellent memory. I get by in most classes just fine without taking any kind of notes and barely reading textbooks. I simply attend lectures, and I know the material. I am the same way with music - I hear a song once, and I memorize the entire melody and lyrics.

I, too, never practiced this, and I think that is exactly why I have a good memory. I don't stress over things. I take a genuine interest in something and commit it to memory without a thought. I don't stop and think, "I have to remember this for xyz reason." Once I do that, I forget things very easily, because I'm simply trying too hard.

Your brain will naturally recall things for you if you just don't put too much stress on it.

That said, I suck at remembering mundane stuff like what I ate yesterday. This is because I typically don't pay much attention to everyday routines like that. It's not interesting enough for me to remember. This is also why I suck at remembering math formulas, because I am not interested in them. At all. I can remember random historical facts and Jeopardy trivia like a champ, though.
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I forget lots of things--sometimes I think I have short-term memory loss.
However, I only forget the small stuff; things that I don't really need, though life would be better if I did remember.

I'm a professional musician; a violinist or flutist for orchestras, as well as a pianist or conductor for musicals (with the exception of subbing). I've met and learned from very few individuals who can memorize music by playing it once (i.e. three such individuals that most people know of today), so you most definitely have a gift. Just don't forget that performing skillfully, refined, etc. is much more important than just memorization. And besides, memorization becomes standard for all music that professionals look to perform anyway lol.

To answer your question, if I only have "[good] memory for only very particular things," people have told me that I have a gift for music. This hasn't changed since my first several recitals when I was much younger, where I performed all of Mozart's childhood sonatas by memory. I believe my "good" memory is limited to only my interests, and it's very likely that this applies to everyone.

People have an easier time remembering things they take an active interest in.
This isn't to say that people can't remember things they aren't interested in--it's just a bit easier if you're enjoying that particular thing.
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My memory gets worse and worse as I get older.
By choice.
It is my coping mechanism. I try as hard as I can to forget things so that I don't have to deal with them, because I can't deal with them.
It doesn't help as much as I'd like.
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My friends would tell you my memory is horrible. And they're probably right, maybe. I mean I don't remember lots of things yeah.. but the things I remember are the things I want to remember.. sort of.

Well there's this one thing that my friends probably don't know is that I can remember dates very well. I don't know why, I can't remember what I said five minutes ago but I can remember dates. By dates I mean birthdays.. its kinda horrible cause even if some stranger about tells me their birthday its stuck in my memory banks FOREVER. It'll be a random day and I'll go "oh, its that weirdo's bday from the bus two years ago" XD haha okay maybe that's too far
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I hope to be a professional musician. As it stands, I want to compose, teach, improvise, and perform music, but haven't quite figured out the best way to do it all. I'll probably wind up using one professionally, and developing the other three skills as a hobbies. As for my memorization of music, my teacher has often called it a curse because if I I memorize something wrong, it is very difficult for me to "un-memorize" the mistake. I'm very glad that memorization is not an issue in general for me though. This means that all of my practicing efforts can be put to refining the piece I happen to be working on so that I may, as you say, perform skillfully and with refinement.
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Hey, life's a bitch. We get by as best we can
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I can remember what I need to, and prioritize things I am interested in. As a result, I am terrible with names. But when it comes to anime, music, guns, knives, skiing, cycling, auto repair/diesel performance, cooking, and other stuff, I have a decent memory.
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i have the average-IQ-of-102-person's memory in regards to most things. i'm terrible at general knowledge. i'm an INFJ, so i can explain the big picture of a scientific concept, but if you ask me, what's the shape of a carbon... i wouldn't be able to tell you because i don't remember the small detail. i just grasp the big picture. that's why i can't do well in exams... cuz i'm not good at remembering those formulae or shapes.

exams based on memorization are the worst; but i think they're slowly changing it into more of a "can you understand this concept" sort of thing nowadays; because during my maths exam in university, they listed all the mathematic formulae... rofl... so easy...

my parents seem to think i'm a walking encyclopedia because I have a bachelor of science degree... but that's not the case, at all. it's not really about remembering the entire periodic table... it's about being able to connect several scientific ideas together... at least that's what i got from studying in university. but people around me seem to think i have all knowledge to every scientific terms... and i feel awkward when i say, "I don't know"... because i feel like they're disappointed in me or something... hahaha.

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I rambled off-topic for some reason... i enjoy talking to myself too much.

Anyway, on-topic-wise, i seem to be really good at remembering song lyrics. I can remember 100 song lyrics at any one time. :D


I think I'm born to be a singer/performer. It's too bad i wasn't raised to be in an artistic field. but i'm working hard to fit it into my scientific career... don't know how i'm going to do... but i have to try at least.
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my memory is just terrible! i forgot things in the span of seconds!!! if there is anything that am particularly good at remembering, i can not remember it...lol i feel like there is something tho.
my terrible memory might be cus sleep less than 3 hours a day if any o, o

ah, i just remembered what it was!!! am good at remembering people and their names and personality!! even if i had only met them once
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By law, I can sign up and be sent overseas with the US gov't blessing to kill in the name of freedom. Besides, I hear sleep is prohibited when you attend college. They literally send aids to keep you awake the entire time you are enrolled in college until the day you graduate (/satire end)
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I have an excellent long term memory, I've found. I can remember the specific details of things I experienced when I was as young as one or two. I grasp nonlinear concepts easy and I can vividly remember english and history lessons I learned in elementary school. However; I am awful at math/science that involves math. If I do not understand it, I cannot remember it well. I can memorize formulas easy, yet I don't know how to apply them. I memorized Ax^2+Bx+C=0 at just a quick glance long ago, but it took much longer for me to put good use to that memorization.

Sometimes I would like to not recall things so well. It's incredibly embarrassing to remember conversations I had with my parents when I was three or four and embarrassing things I've said and done over the course of my life in great detail.
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I have really good spatial and mechanical memory but names, dates and the like I'm terrible with. I'll remember where some object was sitting a decade ago but have to look up my own cell phone number....
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23 / M / Seattle, WA, USA
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Memory as far as events in my life, what people have said to me in the past, and things I've seen, (mostly traumatic things) I am good at. When it comes to formulas, historical dates and the like, I am horrible.
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16 / F / In Luhan's bed
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I have the worse memory when it comes to school work
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It's odd...I would say it's kinda Photographic (at least on certain things)...totally not as awesome as some of them who can count Cards and stuff; paint the entire town of London or whatever down to the last detail from a simply 20 minute flyover...Now THOSE Guys and Gals are freaking amazing...
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