Only Around 60-80 People On Earth Can Remember Everything Since They Were Born... Rebecca Sharrock Is One Of Them!

Rebecca Sharrock is one of 60-80 people on Earth who is incapable of forgetting anything.


Only Around 60-80 People On Earth Can Remember Everything Since They Were Born... Rebecca Sharrock Is One Of Them!

Do you remember the events of your first birthday in detail? What about a dream you had when you were 9 years old? The majority people would reply “no” to these questions. However, Rebecca Sharrock is one of the very few individuals worldwide who would boldly say “yes”. That's because the 27-year-old woman has a unique condition which is called Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory (HSAM). She and approximately 60-80 other people in the world are actually incapable of forgetting anything!

According to the Daily Mail, Sharrock started remembering everything shortly after her 12th birthday. She can still recall events which occurred when she was just a child, as well. For example, the Brisbane resident recalls being placed on the driver’s seat of the car and having her picture taken.

In a recent blog post, Rebecca wrote:

“My parents carried me to the driver’s seat of the car (my father’s idea) and placed me down upon it for a photo. As a newborn child, I was curious as to what the seat cover and steering wheel above me were. Though at that age I hadn’t yet developed the ability to want to get up and explore what such curious objects could be.”

Also, Rebecca remembers spending “a lot of time in my crib looking at surrounding toys and the stand-up fan next to me.” Her vision on recalling when her youngest sister, Jessica, was born is amazing.

According to Rebecca:

“Just after my second birthday my sister was born. I didn’t understand what a sister was back then and was far more interested in playing with my toy train.”

Except for remembering her past, Sharrock can also remember every word of the Harry Potter book series, according to Bored Panda. In fact, she can recite the collection word for word.

Only Around 60-80 People On Earth Can Remember Everything Since They Were Born... Rebecca Sharrock Is One Of Them!
“My earliest memory of which I can date is from when I was twelve days old. My parents carried me to the driver’s seat of the car (my father’s idea) and placed me down upon it for a photo. As a newborn child I was curious as to what the seat cover and steering wheel above me were. Though at that age I hadn’t yet developed the ability to want to get up and explore what such curious objects could be.”

Even though HSAM may seem like a blessing, it has its downsides.

Sharrock comments:

“This makes me unable to forget any day of my life, and I’m also constantly reliving my past (emotionally) in clear-cut detail.”

Aside from writing a book about her experiences, “My Life is a Puzzle,” Sharrock is also participating in two memory research studies. The goal is to learn more about how the mind works.

“The sole purpose is to find answers about the way everybody’s memory works, and to find anything to help people with dementia and Alzheimers,” explained Sharrock. “Alzheimer's is a condition which is very close to my heart as my step-father’s dad had that condition. I loved him as if he was my biological grandfather.”

Only Around 60-80 People On Earth Can Remember Everything Since They Were Born... Rebecca Sharrock Is One Of Them!
“When I was reading a newspaper in mid 2014, I came across an article that said that it was impossible for us to remember personal events which happened to us before we were four years old. After I’d finished reading the article I was thinking ‘what absolute nonsense’. I’m currently in the process of writing a book My Life is a Puzzle, and memories of events up to the age of four fill a very long chapter.”

Only Around 60-80 People On Earth Can Remember Everything Since They Were Born... Rebecca Sharrock Is One Of Them!
“At the very beginning of my life, I would spend a lot of time in my crib looking at surrounding toys and the stand up fan next to me. On my first birthday I had no idea what the day was about, all I knew was that mum was putting me in an itchy satin dress, and I was crying. Though I was told that this was my own special day and that lots of people were coming to see me. I still didn’t understand but stopped crying eventually. That day my parents also gave me a Minnie Mouse plush toy, whose face terrified me, though I could not word this. All I could do was cry and push it away whenever I saw it.”

Only Around 60-80 People On Earth Can Remember Everything Since They Were Born... Rebecca Sharrock Is One Of Them!
“When I was about 18 months old (assumably because it was before my second birthday yet I was out of my crib) I began to dream whenever I fell asleep. At that age I thought that I really was leaving home each night, so I’d always want my mum with me while I was sleeping. Just after my second birthday my sister Jessica was born. I didn’t understand what a sister was back then and was far more interested in playing with my toy train. Though I did get up to some mischief over the next year or so, when it dawned on me that I wasn’t an only child anymore, and I had to share everything with a sister, as well as give away my old clothes and toys.”

Only Around 60-80 People On Earth Can Remember Everything Since They Were Born... Rebecca Sharrock Is One Of Them!
“It’s also questionable as to whether or not anybody ever truly forgets anything. In it’s early stages people with dementia and Alzheimers can almost always retrieve distant memories with ease, which had previously seemed forever forgotten. At first, their Short Term Memory appears to weaken, but their Long Term Memory appears to strengthen. Though once the damage goes deeper into the brain in dementia’s later stages, all kinds of recollections seem to disappear. Yet I must add here that on a visit to a nursing home we came across a woman who had reached a stage of complete dementia, but was throwing her arms about and kept saying that she was feeding the pigeons with her grandmother (which she did indeed do in her early childhood).”

Only Around 60-80 People On Earth Can Remember Everything Since They Were Born... Rebecca Sharrock Is One Of Them!
“It is true that I’m one of about 60 people in the world identified as having a very unusual memory which is called HSAM (or Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory). This makes me unable to forget any day of my life, and I’m also constantly reliving my past (emotionally) in clear-cut detail. However, those of us with HSAM are not alone with having memories from the time when we were under four years old. In fact the vast majority of the people I’ve come across also have distinct memories of them welcoming a sibling to their family as a toddler, as well as early birthday and Christmas celebrations.”

Only Around 60-80 People On Earth Can Remember Everything Since They Were Born... Rebecca Sharrock Is One Of Them!
“There is so much we need to discover about the human brain as well as how our memories work. Firstly our brain is the control centre of our entire existence, and secondly memories make up everything that we’ve learned (consciously and subconsciously). There are many different kinds of memory that we all possess and those of us with HSAM can only recall autobiographical memories in precise detail. Autobiographical memories are recollections of what we’ve (personally) experienced in our lifetime.”

Watch Rebecca explain her condition in the interview below:



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