mandela effect

People Divulge Which Instances Of The Mandela Effect Freaked Them Out The Most

The Mandela effect is when multiple people share the same, incorrect memory.

Its name stems from when paranormal researcher Fiona Broome falsely believed that the future president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, died in prison in the 1980s.

A false memory she shared with a number of others.

Our memories have been known to deceive us, as we might frequently forget someone's name or one of our numerous online passwords.

But when we share a memory that turns out to be false with many others, convincing ourselves it wasn't the truth can be a very difficult ordeal indeed.

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People Describe The Mandela Effect That Messed With Their Head The Most
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The Mandela Effect is, according to Healthline, "when a large group of people believe an event occurred when it did not."

Basically, somehow, someway, we all remember something happened or looked a certain way when it really didn't.

This can happen through a few methods, with confabulation being the most accepted reasoning. We create false memories to fill in the gaps of what we're missing when we try to recall something through our fallible memories.

That spreads, in discussion, through the internet, and suddenly, we have an accepted "truth" which turns out to be not at all.

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People Break Down Their Favorite Examples Of The Mandela Effect
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If you ever had a vivid memory about something that never happened, you are in the majority.

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