Did you know that in a recent memory study, 76% of adults failed to recall information accurately? When a group of people all misremember a specific fact it is referred to as the Mandela Effect coined in 2009 by paranormal expert Fiona Broome. The term originates from the large group of people that misremember Nelson Mandela passing away in 1980.
While the Mandela Effect can lead to people misremembering song lyrics, confusing headlines in the news, or mixing up aspects of pop culture, it can also lead to more detrimental consequences in peoples own lives. 1 in 2 people may not be able to tell false memories from real ones, and 30% of people could be convinced of experiencing false autobiographical events.
If the false memories of one’s own life are thought to be true, it could have potentially severe consequences in the future. To avoid the Mandela Effect in your own life, it is important to create documentation of memories and events. This can help you remember in the future and leave little room to create any false memories. It is also important to analyze memories and thoughts critically and not to conform to another person or group’s opinions.
What is most important to remember is that the Mandela Effect can affect any person in any aspect of their life. People may feel as though they are going crazy when things they believe are fact are proven wrong, but in reality, it happens quite often. To learn more about the Mandela Effect, take a look at the infographic below:
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