I have little recollection of the time I was 1-4 years old. I was told by others that sometimes I was very mean to my male cousin who is only younger than me by 4 months.
For some unknown reason, I only acted out and was mean to him and he would start crying. At the time, I was also bigger than him. Things I would do to him at that age according to others... I really don't remember:
- Cover his face with powder
- Bit his arm on two different occasions
- My mother had to pull me away from him as I started scratching his face
- Messed up all his toys, etc.
Ironically, we got along great over the following years. By now he outgrew me by a lot. I'm no longer that vicious little girl and he's not longer a crier. He remembers some but I don't. Can't believe I did those things to him at the time.
Most Helpful Guy
I practically don't remember anything below the age of 5. And if I remember something, it's only very fragmented.
In addition - and this is the case for everyone, not just me - it's extremely hard to distinguish between true memories and memories our brains pretend to have after we've seen certain photos or home videos or we've heard our parents talk about stuff. For example I always thought to have a certain memory until I thought about it for a long time and had a talk with my mom and realized that my "memory" was simply based on a photo I had seen and without that, I wouldn't have remembered that particular occasion.
Psychologically speaking, it's almost impossible to have memories from below the age of 3 because babies don't have a consciousness or self-awareness like adults do. Their way of experiencing the world is similar to how animals experience the world. For example they might feel hunger or fear or love but they're not capable of reflecting upon these feelings. This consciousness and self-awareness only sets in somewhere between the second and third birthday.1
Most Helpful Girl
Aw, you were so mean as a toddler.
I don't remember anything about that time. Apparently, I wasn't interested in my little sister and didn't like playing in dirt/getting dirty. And I loved juice. And stopped eating fruit around then, something I still refuse to eat.
lol @ that first update XD *we all cower in fear*0