New study published in the journal Memory suggests that it is more likely to remember pleasant events of the past and we memorize most negative experiences by giving them a pleasant note.
This phenomenon is called «Fading Affect Bias» (FAB). In simple words, it means that our emotions affect our memories.
The study involved 562 people from 10 different countries, who were asked to recall different events from their lives. After that, they had to describe how they felt then and how they feel today.
It turned out that happy events had left a stronger and clearer imprint in the participants’ memory. Moreover, the descriptions related to unpleasant experiences included positive details.
The human brain has a tendency to skip the negative experiences, so that pleasant events leave a stronger imprint. The causes behind this phenomenon remain unknown, although some scientists argue that this is a technique our brain uses to enhance our confidence. The FAB phenomenon can be found in mentally healthy individuals all over the world.