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What role does memories serve in our lives? explain

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Memories serve a very important function in our lives. To examine the importance of memories though, one must understand their functions in different capacities.

First, memories are important in regards to the way that they define who we are. We, as cognitive human beings, tend to use the memories of past events to define who we are today. Therefore, they (memories) act as a key element in our personal identity.

For example, if one was abused early in life, the memories of the abuse may cause that person to be wary of others (especially those who are mirrors of the abuser).

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