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    Numbers and sheet music are an impossibility for me.

    Punch lines for jokes? Forget it. I get lost in the telling. . .

    Names? Another fail. But I'll remember interesting things about people's personalities, life stories or body language.

    When I was younger I could memorize pages of books easily.

    My memory for my childhood is exceptional. I can remember many times of being in my crib. I can remember sitting in a high chair and being diapered. Being in my little Johnny-jump-up seat.

    I once drew a floor plan of the house we lived in for my mom to help me check out if my memory was accurate. I told her where we kept the toaster and where individual pieces of furniture were placed, clothing my parents wore and she was astonished. We had moved when I was barely three years old.

    My ENFP daughter claims she can't remember anything before she was in third grade. Sometimes this is an indicator of trauma. Good grief. Hope not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anja View Post
    My memory for my childhood is exceptional. I can remember many times of being in my crib. I can remember sitting in a high chair and being diapered. Being in my little Johnny-jump-up seat.

    I once drew a floor plan of the house we lived in for my mom to help me check out if my memory was accurate. I told her where we kept the toaster and where individual pieces of furniture were placed, clothing my parents wore and she was astonished. We had moved when I was barely three years old.
    Wow, all that from less than three years old? That's wild. Now that I'm thinking about it, I have very few "mental recordings" of events back that young, or even in kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade starts to have a few more concrete memories... but I'm thinking of the classroom. We didn't learn much in the elementary school classroom.
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    My older sister, an ISFJ, has insane memory. She can recall almost anything from when she was a little child. It's insane. My mom always tells me this story about how when she was like 2 or 3 she recited a whole conversation my mom had had on the phone with another friend. The next day she recalled it in explicit detail and basically recited my mom saying how shitty her friends birthday cake was, right to the friend in question.

    To this day she routinely remembers intricate details about the past. Infallible, tell me how I was like, and how I acted, much better than I can remember. Can't lie about past events with her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lauren Ashley View Post
    Hmmm, I don't have this problem at all. I tend to remember things from the past extremely vividly in terms of what happened and how I felt about it. I can recall conversations so well that some people assume I'm adding in details when I retell what happened. Things like what color shirt someone was wearing I'm not so good at it, unless it made an impression.
    I think I'm similar. I have a pretty good memory of the past, especially when it comes to recalling my feelings and the overall situation - especially interpersonal dynamics. And yes, even conversation. And yeah -- it's fairly easy for me to put myself back in time and 'relive' moments of my past.

    I don't have a good memory of details though -- names, numbers, etc. In fact even my short-term memory can be pretty abysmal if I don't make it a point to focus and remember things, like when it comes to names. Can be embarassing at times. And apparently I don't have the best recollection of physical details either, as I remember one incidence in high school where we'd taken a family trip, and a week or two later we were talking about the hotel room and how much we liked it, and for some bizarre reason were getting into the layout of the room, and I remembered it completely incorrectly, apparently, and was quite disturbed that my memory of it was wrong, as the rest of my family was chastising me for remembering it incorrectly.
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    I actually have the opposite problem. I remember most details of every conversation I've had. Sometimes it's daunting, because I always see when a person contradicts himself, or when he decides something that can conflict with another decision he's said he wanted to take. I say that it's daunting because, very often, these contradictions and conflicting decisions are about very minor happenings (say, I prefer tomatoes over carrots, etc).

    I also remember in detail faces of people I've only seen once, and what they were wearing too. Again, it can be a bit scary: if I get to know somebody that I have already seen before somewhere else, I may ask him "so on the 5th of november, at 12:15 you were at place X wearing Y and Z?".
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    Quote Originally Posted by FDG View Post
    I actually have the opposite problem. I remember most details of every conversation I've had. Sometimes it's daunting, because I always see when a person contradicts himself, or when he decides something that can conflict with another decision he's said he wanted to take. I say that it's daunting because, very often, these contradictions and conflicting decisions are about very minor happenings (say, I prefer tomatoes over carrots, etc).

    I also remember in detail faces of people I've only seen once, and what they were wearing too. Again, it can be a bit scary: if I get to know somebody that I have already seen before somewhere else, I may ask him "so on the 5th of november, at 12:15 you were at place X wearing Y and Z?".
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    I have a really good memory. Usually if I don't remember something it's just because I was never paying attention in the first place.
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    I have a very good memory for conversations, anything emotionally charged. I remember people's faces, better than I remember their name (this is kinda embarrassing though!)
    If I'm interested, I can tell you what page number, an interesting little fact was found, if I liked the book. I can't do phone numbers.
    When I was a lot younger, I used come out with random facts during conversations, almost like they were leaking out of my head. I earned the nic names "Magazine memoriser" and "Pet dictionary" for that.
    I have a terrible memory for meetings and appointments, oh and paying bills on time unfortunately. I also have a very good memory for music jingles, and useless celebrity trivia (to the point I don't even know how I picked it up in the first place, I don't watch T.V.)
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    I dont remember anything, i'm like a man without a past.
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    That's kinda cool, in a lonely sort of way.
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