The human brain retains not only the positive, as is considered. Negative too, but it is blocked by protective functions, Rustem Gaifutdinov, assistant professor of neurology, neurosurgery and medical genetics at Kazan Medical University, told Sputnik radio.
Negative memories, as well as positive, remain with a person throughout his life, but access to them is limited by the protective mechanisms of the brain. This gives the impression that only bright moments remain in memory. If a negative flashback was constantly available to a person, it would pose a threat to his life, believes Rustem Gaifutdinov.
“Human consciousness has mechanisms that keep us from negativity. If we are constantly in negative and experience, it will not prolong life and will not make us successful. In moments of negative experiences, a person is vulnerable in every way. The brain provided protective mechanisms, not to fix on the negative, and to switch to the positive, to the optimistic, to continue living. It is a property of consciousness, its ability to survive. It’s an adaptive mechanism,” the neurologist explained to Sputnik radio.
Proof that negative memories are not erased, but simply hidden, serve as the work of forensic doctors. Rustem Gaifutdinov assures that if you try, you can remember absolutely everything.
“The man keeps everything. There are special practices that are used in forensic medicine when a person can be forced to remember everything. A person can remember details, details, visual and auditory sensations, as well as all bodily sensations. It’s all clearly fixed in the head,” the neurologist told Sputnik radio.