3/14/2010

A quote on self-justification and memory

The self-justifying mechanisms of memory would be just another charming, and often exasperating, aspect of human nature were it not for the fact that we live our lives, we make decisions about people, we form guiding philosophies, and we construct entire narratives on the basis of memories that are often right but also often dead wrong. (Tavris and Aronson, page 81,  Mistakes Were Made (but not by me))

1 comment:

. said...

"I did this," says my memory. "I cannot have done this," says my Pride and remains inexorable. In the end—Memory yields.

(I remember that from it being quoted at the front of a Haven Kimmel novel; am not familiar though with its original context)