Summary #1418

Individuals with depression show a lack of positive bias when it comes to autobiographical memory

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  • The story we tell ourselves (autobiographical memory) can be a way to improve ourselves - or to destroy ourselves.
  • Study finds that people with depression are less likely to remember positive events from their life, and it doesn’t even help them to be reminded of them.
  • Depressed people view negative events as equally important to positive effects, whereas healthy people simply focus on the positive to create their self-image.
  • Which means that depressed people can’t benefit from positive Autobiographical Memory.
  • This keeps them from viewing themselves in any positive light, and perpetuates their negative self-image.

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