Post about memory and narcissism? January 23, 2014 5:32 AM   Subscribe

Can you please help me find an old post about people who at first seemed to have incredible memories, but were later found to be just really self-obsessed?

I remember reading a post who knows how long ago about people who appeared at first glance to have amazing memories (like they could name at the drop of a hat the exact date of any event you could think of, along with what the weather was like that day), but once researchers learned more about these people it was discovered that their memories were no better than anyone else's, its just that they were so self-obsessed that they would chronicle every aspect of their day to day lives and review those records over and over again and end up memorizing the dates of famous events at the same time.

I've tried searching Metafilter as well as googling and couldn't find anything. If you could help me find this post I would appreciate it.
posted by ND¢ to MetaFilter-Related at 5:32 AM (8 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

There’s a post from 2010 ‘about people with superior autobiographical memory:’ is that the one?
posted by misteraitch at 5:49 AM on January 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

I think that post is related. Searching for "autobiographical memory" I found this post and then this post which was kind of a follow-up, and I think is the one I was remembering. Thanks for your help.
posted by ND¢ at 5:59 AM on January 23, 2014

You’re welcome—I found the first link by searching for comments containing the word ‘memorious,’ thinking there was a good chance the subject would prompt a MeFite to mention the Jorge Luis Borges story Funes the Memorious: I notice the first comment on the post you remembered is exactly that!
posted by misteraitch at 6:05 AM on January 23, 2014 [7 favorites]

Going through the links, it was this article in particular I was remembering.
posted by ND¢ at 6:05 AM on January 23, 2014 [2 favorites]

I have a very good memory like that.

posted by ambrosen at 6:43 AM on January 23, 2014 [1 favorite]

There was a House episode based off of this.
posted by Deathalicious at 8:25 AM on January 23, 2014

I have the opposite of that kind of memory. Also a fair amount of self-loathing! Theory supported!
posted by ook at 11:14 AM on January 23, 2014 [6 favorites]

I am in eternal bliss and refuse to be vilified for possessing an eidetic memory.
posted by infini at 5:59 AM on January 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

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