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My Name (and Password) Amnesia Phobia

I noticed myself feeling anxious when recalling someone’s name recently. And I became slightly flustered. Yet, on another occasion, I realized I actually knew the name of the person I worried I’d forgotten. As my friends will attest to, I have a pretty sharp memory. Where I may have temporary memory loss of your name I will, however, remember what you told me ten years ago about your Great Aunt Bebe. I will remember that you had pretty bad BO last time I saw you or that you were a bad tipper. I’ll certainly remember if I liked you. So what the  heck?

What is this phobia I have about getting the name right?  I suspect there’s a correlation between this and my nauseating fear of remembering passwords. Every time I go to type a password in, I am certain it will be wrong. And Mission Impossible style, it will self destruct in five seconds? My anticipation of  getting flustered before I try naming you and correctly pass-wording makes me anxious  and throws me off. It’s the old self-fulfilling prophecy, again.

I suspect the commonality of these two fears tie is a need for perfection. Perfect people don’t mess up. So recently, I tried to keep calm and say the person’s name out loud and often. I risked being wrong and ended up making points.  From now on, I will  give myself permission to ask you your name if I can’t remember it and I’ll loudly chalk my forgetfulness up to hormonal levels which I suspect sabotage me regularly. Happened to me when I was pregnant so why not cyclically too?

Sometimes just calling myself into awareness about a fear or anxiety can set it righter. And that auto remember thing on my computer for saving passwords has been a godsend. Too bad I can’t press my nose and remember your name.

In the grander scheme of things,  names and passwords are just flim flam. We often focus on the small stuff while the larger stuff escapes us. I do not doubt however, the devil or  deliverance, may be in the details. Do your best, let go of the rest.

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2 Responses to “My Name (and Password) Amnesia Phobia”

  1. Tania says:

    I use splash id for all my passwords and other info. It’s on my iphone and I back it up to the desktop version. Between work, website and online bill paying, there is no way a reasonable person could remember it all.

    I’m bad with names but good with faces and arbitrary facts about the person. My ex hubby and I used to back each other up at cocktail events. If someone came up to one of us obviously in a knowing way and a little time passed without any introduction, the other spouse would jump in and introduce themselves. The spouse with the bad memory would then say “oh I’m sorry I didn’t introduce you”. Worked like a charm.

    • Shalagh says:

      Love the splash system idea. Love that ou have good memories about ex-spouse. And I am faces and arbitrary facts too. And now I wonder do you have a new charm in your life?

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