False Memories

By Steven Ross Pomeroy | February 19, 2013 at Scientific American. Read whole piece by clicking here

Here is an article considering modern scientific research and findings on memory. Find out how powerful our imagination is and how vulnerable we are in front of made up memories. Extracts:

“…Emotions tend to make people remember associated events more vividly.Memory isn’t static. It’s fickle, ever changing, and easily tampered with; a patchwork quilt that can be ripped, torn, and remade.

“Perhaps what we actually remember,” says Carl Sagan, “is a set of memory fragments stitched onto a fabric of our own devising. If we sew cleverly enough, we have made ourselves a memorable story easy to recall.”

In clinical hypnotherapy we will work with patients’ memories only to help the patient find an answer or a resource. For this matter it is important to explain to the subject that the veracity of her/his memory is not really the point of the exercise, but what their perception of that memory is now, in the present. This is how we can help patients alter memories from the past, if this is what they want, which are unpleasant or traumatising. We are all able to revisit a memory and change our perception of it in the present, not the actual memory. This exercise can encourage us to use resources that we have now and we did not have then, at the time of the unwanted experience. This way we may be able to change the unwanted perception for another one more manageable. Only this mental change may contribute to us enjoying our present life in a much lighter and pleasant light.

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About Anna Pons

Certificat (CPPD), Post Graduat Certificat (PGCert) i Post Graduat Diploma (PGD) en Hipnoteràpia Clínica, London College of Clinical Hypnosis (LCCH) i Universitat de West London (UWL)
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