Most of those seem obvious – it is clear how memory functions, you simply bring
up a memory. Well, you might need to be in the right emotional state in order
to bring up the proper memory.
Sometimes certain memories are easier to recall
than at other times, this is probably because you were thinking of closely associated
things that helped you to recall the similar memory. Sometimes people
might need to spend some time trying to pull up a memory.
Actually, now that I think about it, you could probably go into great detail describing
how memory functions – however on the surface and for the most partit is simple and easily understood. People use their memories all of the time,
so in a way everyone understands how memory works.
However, when you think anything aspects of memory are probably used because
it is related to what you did earlier that day. When you say ’hi’ to someone,
or do anything really, you use your memory to compare that event to previous
events in your life or earlier that day.
mind is like a computer
Your mind is like a computer, there are
lots of things it is comparing and contrasting all of the time.
How does this process work? It probably works emotionally as well as intellectually.
Your emotions help you bring up other similarly emotional memories
and associated thoughts.
Each emotion means something – it has a symbolic
representation like saying hi brings up the emotion for people or the idea you
have of people in your mind.
But the interesting thing is how memory or thought relates to mental imagery.
I said that emotion can be used to compare different thoughts and memories,
but is mental imagery also involved there?
There are going to be mental images
associated with memories, thoughts and emotions. Therefore your mind is
really comparing and contrasting lots of different thoughts, sensations, images,
memories, and feelings all of the time.
An image means something. This is obvious if you think about art. People can
’think’ visually basically. People can also think with their emotions, as it is clear
that emotion can be informative.
A thought could be of an event, a memory, a
group of related ideas, a group of not related ideas, an emotion. How could a
thought be of an emotion? All emotions mean something, a thought that is of an
emotion is just then an emotion with special significance that you have drawn
more attention to in the form of a thought.
So a conscious thought is something that is clear to you. An unconscious thought
is something that simply means something to you – it could be anything really.
Anything that communicates information to your mind. Thought is really then
informative, and the function of emotion then is simply to experience feeling.
But what kinds of information does thought communicate?
It can communicate
visual information, mathematical information, emotional information, various
ideas and concepts, sensations, experiences, physical feelings and actions, mental
feelings and actions, sounds – everything there is in existence that your mind