Updated: Aug 9

What I remember and then forget is annoying, frustrating and at times surprising. I once forgot my mother’s name as I was introducing her to a group of people. How embarrassing!! LOL.

Why do we remember and forget things? It seems it’s down to emotions and the interplay between long-term and short-term memory. Science says we remember things that are emotional, and they get stored in the memory bank or long-term memory. To remember things long term, particularly names that we all tend to struggle with in the short term, link the new name with something or someone in your past (long-term memory). Make it funny and it might just work.

Recently I was standing waiting for a tram on a chilly night in Melbourne to return to my hotel from a Christian conference night meeting when an elderly man arrived, and we began to discuss the tram’s arrival. He was also a conference delegate so as we waited and shared names, churches etc, I told him this story: