You might be wondering why actress Marilu Henner is talking to Leslie Stahl of 60 Minutes about her closet.
Henner, an actress, producer and New York Times bestselling author, loves things orderly. As she stands in her Hollywood Hills closet, she tells Shahl:
"I love organization... I like my shoes a certain way, right foot going this way, left foot going that way, so you can always see the toe and the heel on every pair. And you'll see that things are very color coordinated here, but in sections. And I always hang like with like. And I have the exact same hangers, because then everything slides more easily."
Among Henner's order is an unusual ability to remember EVERYTHING about her wardrobe. The dates, days of week and specific event she wore everything in her closet. The shoes she shows the camera (in the top picture) she recalls buying Friday, April 9, 1982. Her sweaters are below:
Henner has been diagnosed as having a syndrome called "Superior Autobiographical Memory," also known as "endless memory." The person has an extraordinary capacity to recall specific events from his or her personal past with exact dates and times. And, as you will see if you watch the videos below, they are able to "categorize" their memories and call upon them at will, quite effortlessly.
Scientists admit this is a rare condition and they are just beginning to study it. There may or may not be a connection to OCD and parts of the brain that contain memory. Do these people have more adrenaline in their system which may help them remember events more clearly? Since the 60 Minutes show first aired December, 2010, and an update this past June of this year, over 20 people have contacted the scientists claiming they are also gifted with the same syndrome.
Watch the Video - Part I:
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Watch the Video - Part 2:
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What do you think about the gift of Endless Memory?
We're attempting to contact Ms. Henner to see if her intense connection to her memory hurts her ability to let go of the things she no longer needs or wants. If she answers, we'll update here or on our Facebook page. In the meantime, share your thoughts in the comments section below. This is surely a fascinating subject when it comes to so-called "getting organized."
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Article - Understanding the gift of endless memory - CBSNews.com/60 Minutes
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