Is the past real?

According to current psychological research, memory is something that is considered flexible in the sense that the brain re-constructs memories each time we remember it – contrary to the common belief that it is something that is rigid and unchanging. Due to the malleable nature of memory, each time we recall something it is never completely accurate to the events that actually took place during the time of the memory.

Also, as we recall past events, we use our current emotional frame of mind when we think up these past situations, which changes the memory each time it’s recalled based on our current emotions.

If these memories are constantly changing based on each re-construction and our current emotional state, can they actually be considered real?

If they cannot be considered real, then why do we so closely hold onto past events?

 

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