Same Story Syndrome is testing. I am not referring to people who have a genuine reason for forgetting things like dementia sufferers, but those who just seem to tell the same stories over and over for no apparent reason.
Do you or anybody you know, have 'Same Story Syndrome'? If somebody proceeds to tell you a story they've already told you, what do you do or say?
I have a friend who I call my ''Meat & Veg'' friend...because she never gets to the bloody point! so I say ''Just give me the meat & veg"" no gravy!!
So after all these years she now does, if I remind her.
Yep, same old stories come too....so I say nicely ''Oh! yes I remember you told me that''.
Makes no difference, she will tell it again and again.
I love her, but I have had to stop going to visit....it really is impossible to listen for hours at the same old-same old.
On and on and on.
I will in 2015, tell her ''New Year Girl''! give me something I haven't heard.
She is fine, has a little sense of humor.
To be quite fair, I have one story I have told my sons for years now.Only at Christmas, I think they would be disappointed if I didn't.
They say 'yes mum we know you tell us every Christmas''....
(anyway I do it for a little fun, but they don't know that!) as the rest of the year, I'm well behaved.
What a great question! Our neighbour would re-tell the same stories over and over again and even if you politely said "Yes you've told me that before", it didn't matter, you would still get the full story again. I love the way you have named it "S.S.S", will definitely be :borrowing" that title from you.
I just zone out and she realises then that she has told me this before. Sometimes I just tell her that she has mentioned it before. It can be quite annoying if I am not feeling very patient. She has a shocking memory due to her meds and she isn't old. She seems to have a small world despite having a hubby and kids. Nothing new to talk about.
I do this sometimes, and at other times people are amazed that I didn't tell them somehing when I thought I had. I have older friends that do it too. I sometimes gently say that they told me that. I think people have to tell their story, for reasons unknown, so I just listen.
I seem to forget who I've told what. After a general anaesthetic in 2011 I noticed my memory had deteriorated, a couple of friends commented too. I was hoping it was just menopause brain, but maybe not. I actually noticed recently I had a good brain day- sharp as a tack and quick. Unfortunately I don't know how to replicate that experience.