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  1. Bad things are really better remembered. This is a general law of the psyche (both for humans and animals) and it has an evolutionary meaning. In dogs, conditioned reflexes with negative reinforcement are developed with 1-2 attempts (for example, if the animal is punished with pain for the wrong action), but only with 6-9 – with positive reinforcement (treated to sausage for the right one). Pavlov showed this.�

    This was fixed by nature, because from the point of view of survival, negative factors are more important than positive ones. The animal will successfully survive, even if it misses several great opportunities, but one wrong action can cost its life. Therefore, we must remember all mistakes from the first time. From the second one as a last resort.

    A person lives in a relatively safe environment of their cultural world, but this mechanism is left to us as a legacy, it is quite correct when faced with extremely dangerous factors.�

    But in psychology, we have such side effects from it as:
    – people for a long time experiencing failure and often they find it difficult to re-take a simple case, for example, public performance, or acquaintance with a girl
    – we are more afraid of losing acquired, than to work for the purchase of new
    first negative impression harder to fix than to spoil the positive
    – lost client firm is harder to return, it takes 4 times more power than to gain a new�
    , etc.

  2. In my case, both the good and the bad are remembered equally.

    Because my memory is affected by the ups and downs of catecholamine levels, and especially by the Dopamine spikes in my head, linking and imprinting in memory hormonal lability with neural connections. Let's say I was abandoned by a girl I loved – I went through stress, dopamine fell under the baseboard, I remember it. Just like when, for example, I met a very beautiful girl-the level of dopamine skyrocketed.

  3. And for some reason, I remember the good stuff more than the bad stuff. Negative memories are mercifully erased from my memory or smoothed out – also a kind of defense mechanism

  4. Because when we feel good, endorphins are produced, which, relaxing, impair the ability to remember, but when something bad, extreme happens, the brain perceives it as a threat and remembers for a long time what caused such a reaction. A sort of 'defense mechanism'.

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