I'm not sure of I understand your question correctly.
Every character has 5 personal memory stripes and 5 "regular" memory stripes.
The 5 personal stripes give you great abilities.
The 5 memory stripes everyone has are usually bad for you.
After resolving those stripes you collect them because you can trade 2 memory stripes for one of the character skills you placed under your character sheet in the beginning of the game.
Yes, I understand that. But the bad memory stripes have numbers from one to five...and every character has the same bad memories...so I was a little confused, because they are identical...
Anyway, thanks for your answer...I problably overinterpreted things a bit.