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Re: What do you guys think?

Posted by Estella on August 4, 2006, at 19:28:27

In reply to Re: What do you guys think? antigua, posted by madeline on August 4, 2006, at 16:18:50

I agree with Racer.

One model of memory... Is that the mind is like a blank slate onto which experiences are etched. Recall is like looking at this record of ones experiences.

But memory doesn't work like that... Memory is an active process. It isn't about locating an accurate record of the past it is about constructing a narritave in the present. Memories are notoriously bad. Very bad indeed. There isn't very much evidence to support the notion that people recall memories with hypnosis that are as accurate as memories people have without hypnosis. There is a great deal of evidence to support the notion that hypnosis can foster mistaking imaginings or mental images or thoughts or other internally generated mental phenomena (and yes of course therapists suggestion)... as memories.

bit like if you go hunting and you ask
is it a deer?
is it a deer?
is it a deer?
over and over
sooner or later noise in the channel will give you a false positive.
if you go to be hypnotised and what you are wanting to know is:


what would you think you could 'remember' that would help you? how would it help you?

rememberings (whether veridical or not) are distressing. that is something to talk about. that is something that can be talked about and can be processed without either the therapist or you having to committ to whether they are veridical or not.




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