What is the Mandela effect?
Have you ever walked into a place and you get that strange feeling that you have been there before? Everything is so familiar, yet you have never set foot there? Or have you always known about an event that took place some time back, you even have the exact dates and times, yet the evidence that is provided for is contrary to what you know?
There is a high possibility that you are suffering from the Mandela effect.
This occurrence defines a group of people having incorrect recollections of events. The mind unconsciously fabricates past events that seem real in life to provide closures to happenings that have gaps.
Closures are answers that we give ourselves when the reality does not provide one. The name was coined by Fiona Broome, a paranormal consultant. It was drawn from the event that never was of Nelson Mandela’s death in the 1980’s.
Everyone knew or was privy of the torture that Mandela underwent in the 1980’s. The news fed us with grim stories about his health and the anguish that he was undergoing. Most people concluded that he died after all that.
The truth, however, is that Mandela lived to become the president of South Africa. The minds of most people wrapped up his story in prison by giving him a decent burial. Most people remembered a heroic sendoff that was for a hero. The real documented funeral happened more than a decade later, in the same grandeur that those who had buried him earlier in the mind had envisioned.
Another example that helps to explain how the mind plays “tricks” on us is on the murder of JF Kennedy. JF Kennedy was an extraordinary man honored in America. Nobody wanted anything bad to happen to him People remembered his assassination as one that occurred because of a single bullet. It was a clean death with no pain and no messes. An honorable death!
The truth is different. The documented evidence of the real events before the death is that the first bullet was not the fatal one that fell the president. The mind does not want to accept the element of pain.
The first bullet was from behind and made him slump forwards in the car, but he did not die. What killed him was an explosive that hit him causing a rip off on his head scattering his brains.
This phenomenon is also brought to light by the Berenstain Bears title. The children book series which later got animated as a TV show showed how different people perceived reality. More people interviewed believed that the name of the show ended in an “ein” and not the “ain” The book authors never issued a statement about the change of name. None of those who were questioned could explain where they got the idea of the change of name. Psychologist further went on to explain that this condition is caused by the mind concluding for itself that the best ending of a word is “Stein” and not “Stain.” The reason is that many other names get spelled in that manner and everything thing else should follow in that order. They came up with the phrase, “the glitch is in your memory, not in the matrix.”
The “Mirror Mirror” narrative can also help in expounding this theory. The original version of the phrase as quoted by the Queen has had many interesting twists and turns. The controversy lies in whether it is “Mirror Mirror on the Wall” or Mirror Mirror, and the wall.”
Scientists have tried to explain the relationship between the assumed and the real happenings. They relate this to brain damage, but then this phenomenon occurs even in perfectly healthy people.
Are we all insane?
That could be the next best question in trying to understand this strange memory error.
According to Psychologists who participated in this mind debate, this condition arises from memory imperfections experienced by sick people suffering from brain impairment. They aptly called it confabulation. They describe the state as one where the brain tries to fill in the gaps that are in the memory bank. Ideally, the mind needs to have no deficiencies, and if facts lack, it automatically generates fillers that cater for the missing links.
The mind does not keep a register of terrible events; they get forgotten fast. Good memories linger on for a long time.
A group of people could easily change the course of a happening by injecting positive attributes to soften the blow. They can do it subconsciously, eventually changing the course of the storyline. This is also called Collective misremembering. The term refers to the way in which a group of people tends to forget the bad things that happened. Stories of an event can be told and retold over time, and the final result will be a story that is more appealing to the people but not necessarily accurate.
Humans are wired to love good things in life and events that elicit good memories are stored well in our minds banks. With the advent of technology, we tend to keep memorabilia that reminds us of good times than those that depict sadness like the photographs.
Other theorists have explained that we are in a parallel world. They posit that the mind operates in a fluid universe, and it can slip from one world to another where realities happen to be different in each of them. It causes anomalies that create the inconsistencies in our minds.
The mind is a powerful tool that can change the course of a story. It can dictate the finality of an event if timely and proper information is insufficient.