I had also read that recovered memories are also prone to inaccuracy and are even potentially false in their entirety. It has made the introduction of memories of this type as evidence in court cases suspect.
When it comes to spanking memories, I have struggled with one in particular that I seem to believe was real involving my Aunt and two cousins. And as out there as I may seem, I am too embarrassed to ask any of them if the memory is real.
But I also wonder if it makes a difference? If we are products of our own minds, does it matter whether what affects us is real or imagined? I have had dreams that I know are not based in reality and yet I feel those dreams have become part of who I AM in reality. If I was to discover that the memory was false, would it change anything?
It was in pondering all of this that I had the idea for the following cartoon: