Most people have childhood memories. Some can remember more, others less. In general there seems to be a childhood amnesia in all of us apparently
because our hypothalamus is not developed yet. See link:
I have some very early memories, some from when I learned to walk for example. Those are preverbal memories but I still remember thinking certain
thoughts. Such as "I can walk now", "I can make it to the radiator" for example. Now those are easily explained. It is what we felt at the time
and later when we were able to put those into speech, our brain just bung them all together and we get a 'false' yet real memory.
The reason I made this thread is for another preverbal memory altogether. I best start by telling you the memory first:
I was probably around 2 years old. Not much older, as I remember where I sat in the kitchen. Our kitchen layout changed after that completely. I
remember watching my mum tidying the kitchen and muttering to herself about money problems. Just a general monologue that people seem to do when home
alone looking after a kid. It wasn't for me to be understood anyway. But I did. I understood exactly what she was saying and I remember clearly
thinking a strange thought that went almost exactly like that:
"I feel really sorry for you and I could say something really grown up to you but I am not allowed to do that yet. I am too young and it would sound
First of all, this memory was remembered BECAUSE of the weird thoughts and not vice versa. It felt very strange to have such clear adult thoughts for
starters, but it also felt as if I would be breaching some sort of 'contract' or 'unwritten law' to keep it a secret that small kids can think
like that. I remember that I could
have tried to speak but that by even trying I would be doing a really bad thing. And frankly I might not
have been able to put it into words anyway because I wouldn't have been able to pronounce everything like an adult.
There is one more memory like the one above. It is short. I remember babbling like babies do and at the same time thinking that soon I would be able
to speak and I felt a kind of disappointment that I still had to wait for so long [years]. This memory is also very clear.
Now I am sure we could discuss a lot of different explanations for memories like that. From using science all the way to bringing in reincarnations or
Whilst I find those somehow interesting. That is not what I am after.
Instead I would like to know if anyone else has had a similar experience? I only heard about this once before on another website forum [but I can't
find the post at the mo]
Maybe you have a small child yourself and have noticed particularly 'grown-up behaviour' about them or they said something 'too old/wise for their
age'? Is there no way to say these things without sounding somewhat dodgy? ;P
I would really love to hear more but mainly from those that had their own preverbal memories with thoughts, if there are any?
I had more childhood weirdness including Chinese ghosts and the two weird 'danger men' that always died in a horrific way...but that may have to
wait for another thread if I can be bothered [too tired now].