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Poll: Can you recall situations and feel the emotions like you were just there?

Absolutely, most any prior situation, I can still feel what it felt like for me (emotionally). 18 34%
I think so, I get a twinge of something but I'm not sure if it's the same strength as it used to be. 9 17%
No, sort of like aphantasia, I can tell you about it but I can't feel it anymore. 26 49.1%
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TOPIC: Emotional memory? Can you feel it?

Emotional memory? Can you feel it? 1 year 11 months ago #1773

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I'm wondering how many of us can recall the emotional feelings of prior situations (good and bad) and still "feel" them.
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Emotional memory? Can you feel it? 1 year 11 months ago #1774

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KM wrote:
I'm wondering how many of us can recall the emotional feelings of prior situations (good and bad) and still "feel" them.

Yes, mostly with negative emotions (guilt, shame, anger etc) but I don't know that the emotions I recall are actually memories of the original ones - perhaps I'm simply recalling incidents which are then provoking the emotions again.
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Emotional memory? Can you feel it? 1 year 11 months ago #1783

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once the incident is gone then i cant recall it.. I cant relive whatever it was that happened. i took the nickname for online as phoenixmoon because of this the phoenix always rises but now i realise its because i just dont recall the incident and keep it for long enough so its not so much rising but like it never really happened' i i really think aout them i may cringe at the incident ut its not strong and goes almost immediatly
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Emotional memory? Can you feel it? 1 year 11 months ago #1796

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Especially when listening to music or looking at old photo's, memories flood back, and I feel the raw emotions totally overpower me. I can't "remember" what the feelings are like, but when they return, I relive them totally.
Memory is totally different, I only "intellectually" remember things, I can't see, hear, or feel thoughts in my mind.
To "think" a thing through, I must talk it through, or write it down, trying to keep it in my mind alone will fail every time, I just lose my place and/or wander off theme.
as you wander through this life my friend
whatever be your goal,
remember always
keep your eye upon the doughnut,
and not upon the hole!
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Emotional memory? Can you feel it? 1 year 11 months ago #1840

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Mike_M wrote:
perhaps I'm simply recalling incidents which are then provoking the emotions again.
That's probably how it is for me.. Recalling something in the past might ignite emotions. I don't think that I can remember how the emotions felt at the time though.
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Emotional memory? Can you feel it? 1 year 11 months ago #1854

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evk wrote:
That's probably how it is for me.. Recalling something in the past might ignite emotions. I don't think that I can remember how the emotions felt at the time though.
I feel the same way. I don't think I'm "remembering" the emotion, but recalling an event then triggers a new emotional reaction...if that makes any sense.
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Emotional memory? Can you feel it? 1 year 11 months ago #1856

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PegsAlot wrote:
evk wrote:
That's probably how it is for me.. Recalling something in the past might ignite emotions. I don't think that I can remember how the emotions felt at the time though.
I feel the same way. I don't think I'm "remembering" the emotion, but recalling an event then triggers a new emotional reaction...if that makes any sense.

Yes, that makes sense. I can't know whether the emotions I feel now are the same as when the event originally happened - they're probably not - but presumably they're similar.
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Emotional memory? Can you feel it? 1 year 10 months ago #1876

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I can have emotions come back (good and bad) to me. It could be photos of my kids or a vacation or footage of the attack on 9/11. I know how I will feel because I remember it from the last time I looked at the photos or whatever.

I still walk out the room when footage is gonna be show on TV or computer.

I try to keep a copy of all my photos on my phone so I can flip through them every now and then.
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Emotional memory? Can you feel it? 1 year 10 months ago #1885

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hi all, if I had strong feelings in a situation i would likely remember that but i wouldn't re-experience the sensation in my mind. Linden
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Emotional memory? Can you feel it? 1 year 10 months ago #1895

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Thank you linden. I have been trying to say what you just wrote
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Emotional memory? Can you feel it? 1 year 10 months ago #1903

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Mike_M wrote:
PegsAlot wrote:
evk wrote:
That's probably how it is for me.. Recalling something in the past might ignite emotions. I don't think that I can remember how the emotions felt at the time though.
I feel the same way. I don't think I'm "remembering" the emotion, but recalling an event then triggers a new emotional reaction...if that makes any sense.

Yes, that makes sense. I can't know whether the emotions I feel now are the same as when the event originally happened - they're probably not - but presumably they're similar.

I agree. When I look back, sometimes I don't even understand my reactions that were based on the emotions I was feeling at the time, since I have no mental ability to relive those experiences.

Interestingly enough, I do get flashbacks from my PTSD, or at least they were diagnosed as such. It's not that the memories feel like they're happening again, but instead I feel transported back to the experience I had, as if it could be happening again, and I feel like I relieve the emotional and mental content of the experience.
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Emotional memory? Can you feel it? 2 months 2 weeks ago #39325

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I only feel emotions in the situations that they are in, and when that moment passes the emotions are gone. On top of that, I can easily dismiss most feeling that I have. If I realize that I'm angry then I can release that anger (not suppress it, but remove it from myself) but I can't hold on to emotions for longer than then than the situation. Normally I don't feel much of anything, but in a calm peaceful way, and then the rest just comes and goes. I feel like I can more or less control my emotions when they come to me, but I cannot control them in the sense of thinking about something that has passed and make myself feel the same as I once did. Everything is in the present.
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Emotional memory? Can you feel it? 3 weeks 5 days ago #39419

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I could copy and paste serena_97's response. :)
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Emotional memory? Can you feel it? 3 weeks 1 day ago #39432

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Emotional memory is what effects me most about aphantasia-
For example if I am in a long term relationship and then we break up , I'm upset at first but then after a week or two I basically forget how I felt about them and it doesn't bother me. Or if I'm in a long distance relationship and they are gone for a week I find myself not really caring about them / wanting to be with someone else.

That to me is the most difficult thing I face cause I feel like such a cold hearted bit*h
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