>How many of you can't remember most of your life?
I can't. From my birth up to around 10th grade, the majority of my memories are faint or missing. This is probably because I spent most of my development miserable with loneliness, hurt by bullying, and frustrated with unpleasant teachers. I do remember vaguely the time I spent with my friends, but those times blur together; I can recall the events that happened, but the exact ordering escapes me.
Recently, my memory has improved greatly. Though routine life blurs past without note, I can remember conversations much better than before, and I'm able to distinguish in my head more adeptly between different events that occurred on separate dates in similar locations – that is, the recall isn't a sticky conglomeration, but distinctly separated dates. Additionally, I have next to no trouble remembering skills and techniques, facts and documentation, and dates and times for appointments.
>Also, do you have trouble with remembering things differently than they happened, or remembering things that apparently never happened?
Both of those are entirely possible, though I suppose I don't really know how to verify that. As Zettai said in >>11249
, we recreate our memories whenever we bring them to mind. Consequently, we can easily rearrange existing memories incorrectly, or synthesize new memories based upon impressions or the claimed recall of others. Of course, in spite of its habitual cursoriness and fragility, we desperately need our memory, and though its behavior may hinder us at times, the fact that it functions in this manner apparently worked to our advantage, since we collectively have survived this long with it operating as it does.