The Man With The Seven Second Memory (Amnesia Documentary) | Real Stories

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The remarkable and poignant story of Clive Wearing, a man with one of the worst cases of amnesia in the world. Once a renowned conductor and musician, Clive was struck down in 1985 by a virus that caused massive damage to his brain. Against the odds, doctors managed to save his life but he was left with a memory that spans just seven seconds.

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  1. brandonator13
    25 minutit tagasi

    I'm so stoned this documentary is crazy!

  2. Angela Bauer
    Angela Bauer
    Tund tagasi

    Oh this poor soul I wish he could be fixed so sad to live that way

  3. jdavies212msu
    5 tundi tagasi

    A son who doesn’t see his father for 7 years. A daughter who never sees him. I don’t judge them, but I just can’t wrap my head around that. I don’t understand it. 😳

  4. Kevin Brown
    Kevin Brown
    6 tundi tagasi

    I just have to say this, I practice Buddhism and Buddhism says to live in a moment, everything is inpermanent doesn't last forever, some people might think this is a curse but I think this is the blessing! If everyone literally live like he lived the world will be peaceful No judgment, No jealousy, No ego, this is actually living! And he's doing a good job at it!

  5. Dáithí Mullins
    Dáithí Mullins
    6 tundi tagasi


  6. Nenad Markovic
    Nenad Markovic
    7 tundi tagasi

    Sehr traurige Geschichte

  7. Michael Miller
    Michael Miller
    8 tundi tagasi

    He needs cbd oil

  8. Puhoy
    8 tundi tagasi

    It's a tragically sad tale, really is, but I don't know, I find it nice that he still manages to laugh and joke around even though he doesn't remember literally anything.

  9. Elias
    8 tundi tagasi

    What a nice man and lovely family. Sad things that happened to them :( they didnt deserve it

  10. Luca Goes Offroad
    Luca Goes Offroad
    11 tundi tagasi

    If this happened in the US he would have gone bankrupt after the 1st day of hospital.. Thank God he lives in a place where he can be taken care of

  11. Jeet Bahadur Lingden
    Jeet Bahadur Lingden
    12 tundi tagasi


  12. Nefuros
    13 tundi tagasi

    Instead of 50 first dates it's like 50 million first dates.

  13. Average Jobogio
    Average Jobogio
    13 tundi tagasi

    He is consciously ruminating on his own memory loss as it's the only thing he can remember , so that at least means he knows he dosnt know , like is his mind perpetuating its own amnesia with a fear/short circuit of his memories not being as clear as they once were in perception and refusing them all together... Any thought if you expected to remember it certain way would never be perfect and it's like a computer code with one letter changed

  14. Nefuros
    13 tundi tagasi

    The true man without an ego, living purely in the moment at all times, in a mind without thoughts, no attachments, no desires, constantly and repeatedly awakening to his own consciousness... not quite what the Buddhists thought it would be, huh?

  15. Average Jobogio
    Average Jobogio
    13 tundi tagasi

    So interesting... Is it really a deletion of memories or is it a subconscious/conscious refusal to accept the the problem memory loss or is memory loss a symptom of somthing else entirley

  16. FarFar F
    FarFar F
    17 tundi tagasi

    Im realy happy i saw this video. What a well spoken and delicate woman and what beautiful love they have it's the saddest story i've ever heard. And what beautiful quotes i am freaking speechless . I didn't even realize it was 48 minutes long ...

  17. ish .
    ish .
    19 tundi tagasi

    The thing I realize is that It is hard for us because we are CONSCIOUS. It is not hard for him because he is UNCONSCIOUS. At the same time, I feel like I understand his situation but I know that totally doesnt. Complicated.

  18. Aztra Nine
    Aztra Nine
    19 tundi tagasi

    ..she visits him atleast once a month.?

  19. D Campbell
    D Campbell
    21 tund tagasi

    They should try DMT on him

  20. zoie courville
    zoie courville
    22 tundi tagasi

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  21. Audrey Bertelson
    Audrey Bertelson
    Päev tagasi

    He's got a delightful personality

  22. Ben Coleman
    Ben Coleman
    Päev tagasi

    Reading Oliver Sacks 'Musicophilia' and was drawn to learn more about Clive, watched 'Prisoner of Consciousness' and then clicked ahead many decades to find he is still 'waking up' every few minutes. Deborah Wearing is a VERY special person!

  23. Cristen Boyett
    Cristen Boyett
    Päev tagasi

    I love this man, and his wife is truly an angel! Fascinating! Bless both of them and their children 💗🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  24. Jocelyn Marie
    Jocelyn Marie
    Päev tagasi

    for those who don’t understand why his wife visits him only once a month; he has 0 perception of time, aside from the amount of time it’s been since his amnesia started. so whether she visited him every day, once a month, once a year, as far as he’s concerned, he hasn’t seen his wife in decades. so having his wife visit him at all leaves little to no impact on his life because he doesn’t even remember she exists until he actually sees her.

  25. Chaz MichaelMichaels
    Chaz MichaelMichaels
    Päev tagasi

    Some of the dramatics make this feel fake.

  26. mazack00
    Päev tagasi

    33:18 "What do you think we'll find when we get in?" "Alcohol :] " eyyyyy I love this man :D

  27. Beethoventhepoet
    Päev tagasi

    She has to be the most supporting wife to ever exist, this is true love right here..."clive and i are in a different plane, we are in a world where there's no time"

  28. Mitchellus Maximus
    Mitchellus Maximus
    Päev tagasi

    This man may be seen as inferior, lacking, or even handicapped. But his consciousness is such a gift to humanity to show us a glimpse of the possibilities. His consciousness is one of the purest and closest to source I've ever seen. He has no memory, therefore has no attachments, no shackles, no imprisoning, conceptualising views. He has no bias about any upcoming experiences, ideas, emotions, etc. Everything is a first for him. He is the epitome of living in the now

  29. Yolimar M
    Yolimar M
    Päev tagasi

    She visits once per month...????

  30. ramen noodle
    ramen noodle
    Päev tagasi

    What's even more perplexing is that this was caused by the herpes virus.It probably could have been prevented had they detected it earlier on.Also this makes me curious is our memory part Of our consciousness.If he can still remember music and license plate numbers from the past he still has some form of memory.

  31. Little Bunny Bunny
    Little Bunny Bunny
    Päev tagasi

    Shes so much younger

  32. MegaAussieFTW
    Päev tagasi

    Very interesting, I feel for Debra. Hope she knows she is a beautiful soul.

  33. Loki
    Päev tagasi

    Husband and Wife Doesn't that mean true everything even sickness ? .

  34. mj
    Päev tagasi

    Can I make polish subtitles for this documentary? My mom don't understand english very well but she's determined to watch this

  35. The Tech Librarian
    The Tech Librarian
    Päev tagasi

    What if he were to be given mushrooms or LSD I wonder what would happen I'm not saying they should experiment on him but you got to wonder if it would help in his case

  36. Ramesh 002
    Ramesh 002
    Päev tagasi

    Eternity with God can only be achieved by accepting the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Our sins have separated us from a righteous and holy God, but in His Mercy, Grace, and love towards us, He has made a way of escape for all through His only Begotten Son Jesus Christ. I am talking to you, right here and right now. Jesus has an AMAZING gift for you, it costs you nothing, but it caused Him to shed every drop of blood He had so He could purchase it for you. What is it? It's your salvation. Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross, died, was buried and rose again on the THIRD DAY according to the Scriptures. He did all that for YOU, to pay for all your sins, past, present, and future, and to reconcile you back to the Father. All you have to do is believe in Him and His finished redemptive work on the cross and you will be forgiven and receive the gift of eternal life permanently. Once you believe and place your trust in Jesus, you are saved, your sins forgiven and His righteousness will be imparted on you that nanosecond as well as the Holy Spirit will come and seal you as well as live in you.. Time is running out, accept that FREE GIFT of salvation today.

  37. Author Ryn Shell [Positive Aging]
    Author Ryn Shell [Positive Aging]
    Päev tagasi

    Incredibly interesting, if sad, story.

  38. Jake Walker
    Jake Walker
    Päev tagasi

    Does he even know he was recorded?

  39. Fireball XL-5
    Fireball XL-5
    Päev tagasi

    Interesting how Clive never or rarely says he doesn't remember but rather he's never seen something before or heard or done something before. Even when his wife says he did something he contradicts her rather than considering she is correct. Is it perhaps because his ego would be damaged by admitting a frailty? A shame he and his wife were not married for a longer period of time before his illness as it may have made enough difference but that's just guessing and not much help I suppose.

  40. Jayden McArthur
    Jayden McArthur
    Päev tagasi

    Imagine Alzheimer’s is bad but I showed a picture to my grandpa and he remembered but Clive’s story is hard to comprehend what it’s like

  41. Abdullah87
    Päev tagasi

    35:33, 38:58 dad jokes still in full force

  42. Christine Loftin
    Christine Loftin
    Päev tagasi

    My grandmother in her later stages of Alzheimer's was quite a bit like this. It was so heartbreaking then a little bit of the true her would come out and it was bitter sweet. She never forgot how to dance though.😌🥺

  43. Cafekun
    Päev tagasi

    that's a lot of second memories, oh wait

  44. NerdAlert31415
    Päev tagasi

    Too bad vine is dead, that was perfect for him

  45. Dillon2013
    Päev tagasi

    It's like his soul when he was younger was sad and angry but as he got older his soul became accepting of his reality. This was so sad.

  46. Ken Merriman
    Ken Merriman
    2 päeva tagasi

    He’s trapped in his own mind, you can see it. It’s horrifying and saddening. You can see glimpses of who he was come through at times, and it’s almost like the “whole” version of him comes out for mere moments, occasionally. What a difficult tragedy for both him and his family to deal with.

  47. Souflay Scott
    Souflay Scott
    2 päeva tagasi

    I have a feeling this is bullshit.

  48. Kevin Maddox
    Kevin Maddox
    2 päeva tagasi

    This guy is the greatest bullshit artist of all time

  49. Paulgatuno paulgatuno
    Paulgatuno paulgatuno
    2 päeva tagasi

    also is the story of a magnificient woman by his side. The story of deborah!

  50. Richard Pedersen
    Richard Pedersen
    2 päeva tagasi

    He would love Tik Tok

  51. Theresa Romero
    Theresa Romero
    2 päeva tagasi

    Every moment they interact with him is real. He experiences it with his loved ones, and it is real and precious for him, regardless of his not remembering it a few minutes later.

  52. Theresa Romero
    Theresa Romero
    2 päeva tagasi

    Clive’s wife has figured it out. It is he, himself that is wonderful, for her. She loves his very essence, and he loves her the same way. To me, the essence, the soul of a person is every bit as important as the mind or personality. I say this, having experienced two of my most loved, immediate family to suffer with severe mental illness, which took away part of their minds, sometimes a very large part of their minds. My beloved son did not speak for a year. This was after his brain had healed enough for him to come home. He still lives with me and i still assist him. But i also cherish every smile of his. I am filled with gratitude to see him peacefully sitting in the shade, petting his cat, listening to the wind rustling through the leaves on the tree, and everything he enjoys. I don’t require that he be able to do anything or to be anything. I see the beauty of who he is, the soul of him, and I just love him. I felt the same with my darling baby sister. And this has always seemed to help both of them, and also me.

    2 päeva tagasi

    I have an elderly neighbour, Tommy, he's 90 years old and suffers from Alzheimer's. Every morning at about 9am he knocks on our door and asks if we've seen his wife. And every morning I have to go through the routine of explaining to the poor man that his wife has in fact died, she passed almost 8 years ago. Now, I suppose we could move and I'm ashamed to say that I've often thought about just not answering the door to him, but to be honest, it's worth it just to see the smile on his face every morning....

  54. NasTynaTe
    2 päeva tagasi

    "virus" hmmm

  55. MrStrange
    2 päeva tagasi

    tell him that he`s in a dream and that it is alright

  56. Earle van
    Earle van
    2 päeva tagasi

    7 second Tom … Hi I’m Tom . Hi I’m Tom !

  57. Little Munchkin Cat
    Little Munchkin Cat
    2 päeva tagasi

    Worse than 10 second Tom.

  58. Tony Tony VR
    Tony Tony VR
    2 päeva tagasi

    1 thing is that you can say the same thing infinitely

  59. C S
    C S
    2 päeva tagasi

    I‘m so sorry for everyone affected by this tragedy. However, their love for each other goes beyond memories and consciousness, Deborah is such a wonderful and strong woman. I pray for them to meet again in the next life and get the happy ending they both deserve so very much.

  60. ✠CuttySobz✠
    2 päeva tagasi

    Who else cried like a woman?

    1. Lolz
      Päev tagasi

      How do you cry like a “woman”

  61. stewart1986
    2 päeva tagasi

    I'm 35 soon, so I've had my fair share of relationships. My fiance is the first woman I've ever truly loved. The thought that she or I would ever have to go through that is heartbreaking, worse than death? this really changed my perspective of sentient existence, I've been selfish in my depression. Depression caused by memories and pain, memories and pain this man only wishes he could experience, experiences that make us the individual we are, we are lucky to have awareness in our consciousness

  62. Dana Goodman
    Dana Goodman
    3 päeva tagasi

    No cap he has a bomb voice for voice acting

  63. Chubs Minami
    Chubs Minami
    3 päeva tagasi

    My mom has dementia and I understand how the wife feels so well. You love and hate at the same time. It is so irritating being asked the same thing and telling her the same thing over and over and over and over............

  64. Olivia Wilcox
    Olivia Wilcox
    3 päeva tagasi

    i love how Deborah after being asked how the day had gone and saying she didn’t want to answer she came back and said that was rude and answered the question. and she proceeded to tell them it was just so sad. i cannot even imagine how painful her life must be and i thought it was very noble of her to still give them an answer even though it was hard

  65. Spooky
    3 päeva tagasi

    If you're reading this, I hope you and your loved ones live a long and happy life.

  66. I P
    I P
    3 päeva tagasi

    Does no one speak about the fact, that for his wife the time seems to stand still? She did not age much in 20 years....

  67. Juan Orlando Ortiz Nuñez
    Juan Orlando Ortiz Nuñez
    3 päeva tagasi

    Es sumamente interesante la forma en la que Clive explica en sus palabras como se siente estar en su condición, hasta que punto estan condicionadas sus respuestas, puesto como se mostró, si le hicieran una pregunta en una situación determinada siempre vendrá una respuesta en reflejo a sus antiguas memorias y vida que mantuvo hasta que la gripe afecto su hipocampo, dando asi que no podria hacer uso de su memoria, ni tampoco aprender algo nuevo, pero todo aquello que aprendió alguna vez, y que se encuentra tan profunda en las conducta humana, estará presenté, siempre que no su mente no se deteriore. Me resulta curioso pensar que tan diferente seria de intentar programar un Bot, dado que estaría siempre condicionado a una memoria limitada a lo que aprendió y conoce al ser programado. Simplificándolo, si la mente y la capacidad de aprender fuera un vaso y sus recuerdos, experiencias, conductas y actividades fueran agua, la gripe solo dejo lo esencial y toda esa agua, dejando solo una parte de lo que una vez fue y a la vez sellando la posibilidad de llenar por siempre, a la vez sus respuestas jamás saldrán a lo hay dentro del vaso. Desde un punto de vista cual seria de diferencia si en un futuro se hiciera un Bot de una persona en la misma situación, seria él pero a la vez no, pero y si ese Bot pudiera mantener la capacidad de aprender y usar sus recuerdos para forjar mas en un futuro, dejaría de ser o seria mas el? si el caso fuera opuesto estaría claro que no, pero bajo esa premisa, cual seria tu respuesta?

    1. Juan Orlando Ortiz Nuñez
      Juan Orlando Ortiz Nuñez
      3 päeva tagasi

      Además que tienes que ser una persona sumamente abierta y calma para soportar una situación asi, muy difícil, tienes que ser muy tonto o muy capaz para soportar estar en esa condición, la desesperación te consumirá, pero tambien caerías en que serias muy ingenuo y no puedes creer todo lo que ves, que sentimiento mas contradictorio

  68. Smait
    3 päeva tagasi

    What an awesome women...

  69. That Guy
    That Guy
    4 päeva tagasi

    "I am alive" that one really got to me.

  70. Mike Hilton
    Mike Hilton
    4 päeva tagasi

    Remember that 100 bucks I lent you?.... Remember that 100 bucks I lent you?....

  71. Richard Arguello
    Richard Arguello
    4 päeva tagasi

    Hi I’m Tom

  72. aaa bbb
    aaa bbb
    4 päeva tagasi

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  73. eebrik
    4 päeva tagasi

    They don't make them like Deborah anymore. Super woman

  74. Janice Johnson
    Janice Johnson
    4 päeva tagasi

    He still has a great sense of humor.

  75. Brandon
    4 päeva tagasi

    We need a movie about this guy. I nominate Bill Nighy to act his part.

  76. A W
    A W
    4 päeva tagasi

    if this ever happened to me, I hope by then assisted suicide is legal in my country... I could never live like this.

  77. ****
    4 päeva tagasi

    Not just a documentary on amnesia, but a documentary on extraordinary love. What a treasure his wife is!

  78. Awez
    4 päeva tagasi

    The way he sees himself in a state of death and his wife; his angel that he forever waits for. I cried so hard.

  79. Birdgut
    4 päeva tagasi

    it’s interesting to think how even without short term memory we can still commit things to our long term memory, like how he knows he’s been ill, and how he knows that he feels dead and lost

  80. Brenda Williams
    Brenda Williams
    4 päeva tagasi

    This sounds like BS. He is singing lyrics.

  81. ThePringleTingle
    5 päeva tagasi

    I have never heard such profound words spoken, this man is truely a genius of sorts and if it werent for his grand sense of humor, this would have been very difficult to watch.

  82. Man Ray
    Man Ray
    5 päeva tagasi

    This guy really lives in the moment!

  83. Adonnis Jamal
    Adonnis Jamal
    5 päeva tagasi

    Just one problem with his 7 second memory 2:16 he carries on a full conversation for just under a minute referring back to things. 🤔

  84. Lisa Schuster
    Lisa Schuster
    5 päeva tagasi

    It”s a brilliant way to stay in the first bloom of romance, but I’d prefer a day, not 7 seconds.

  85. Lisa Schuster
    Lisa Schuster
    5 päeva tagasi

    They say live life for the moment. Screw that.

  86. Attack Five
    Attack Five
    5 päeva tagasi

    This is the scariest documentary I’ve ever seen. How fragile is human consciousness.

  87. TheClownCries
    5 päeva tagasi

    My heart HURTS

  88. Debbie Gardner
    Debbie Gardner
    5 päeva tagasi

    My Mother had the same thing only it left her in a wheelchair and with severe dementia. The virus killed the while right side of her brain. He is the only other person I’ve heard with them same brain virus

  89. Tanner Aitken
    Tanner Aitken
    5 päeva tagasi

    Dude put the poor guy out of his misery

  90. nick
    5 päeva tagasi

    He's such a wonderful man, yet it's so tragic and sad that it brings tears to my heart

  91. Luka Kočevar
    Luka Kočevar
    5 päeva tagasi

    There you have it. As he said it. He is alive but he knows he's dead. There is no afterlife. What? think he'll remember everything after he's REALLY DEAD? NO! Man... my heart is broken...the sadness is for the rest of us. For he does not know of it. Life is nothing but about experience and memory. And nothing more. Make the best of it.

  92. akane wantburgur
    akane wantburgur
    5 päeva tagasi

    The fact that he can hear music from a distance is so beautiful and scary.

  93. Rob
    5 päeva tagasi

    He's wife is awesome, so many people would walk away.

  94. Ruth
    5 päeva tagasi

    This documentary is poetry and it’s primarily because of the main characters. Haven’t seen something as deep in a very long time. Have to watch it again, very soon.

  95. krishna ramalingam
    krishna ramalingam
    5 päeva tagasi

    the family is so intelligent and articulate, they paint such vivid stories, you can tell what kind of a man clive was before.

  96. ryah m.
    ryah m.
    5 päeva tagasi


  97. Montana Skies
    Montana Skies
    5 päeva tagasi

    I love his laugh!! God bless him❤🙏

  98. Kuhzzy
    5 päeva tagasi

    What a kind man. I feel so sorry for him. If there is a heaven out there, you know he will be there.

  99. Doodah Man
    Doodah Man
    5 päeva tagasi

    Thank God he knows his wife.