Memories is a bit of a controversial one. There’s, not a lot of agreement out there. There’s, a lot of anecdotal evidence that doesn’t quite jibe with research that’s done, and even some of the research contradicts with other research, because our memories are weird. We like to think of it like a hard drive or a articletape, just sort of playing back the thing that we recorded once upon a time, but that’s, that’s, really not how it works like not at all.
Memories are actually a mishmash of all kinds of different things: visual and sensory stimuli and emotional stimuli. They say that when you remember something what you’re, actually remembering is the last time you remembered it so like if I named a song right now.
What you might imagine is the last time you heard that song, maybe it was on the radio, while you’re sitting at the drive-through, getting some food or something like that, or if that song is significantly tied to an emotional or important event.
In your past, you might think of that event, like the Coldplay album Viva la Vida is not considered their best album. You’re, not really supposed to like it or so I keep getting told, but it is my favorite album of theirs and the reason.
Why is because the year that that came out was the year that I got married and my wife and I took our honeymoon in Italy and the whole time we were there. It was just that album was playing everywhere, we went, and so whenever I hear it now it’s.
Not always that I think about Italy or I think about specific places. We went there, but that emotion of that time, which is, of course, is a wonderful one, just kind of springs up so yeah. Sorry, I love the album, but that connection between our memories and our emotions makes them let’s just say unreliable.
At least – and this is actually why I witness testimony – is so unreliable in court because, first of all, it’s, a traumatic event, usually that people are recalling and your brain has kind of ways of changing and modifying and forgetting, as we’ll talk about in just a second traumatic events, but then, on top of that, it’s, something that you’ve thought about over and over and over again it’s, sort of like making a copy of a Copy of a copy – and it does degrade and evolve and change over time, and it’s, also true that a good interrogator knows how to kind of ask leading questions that can actually implant a false memory in somebody’s head.
This is why it’s, a good idea, if you’re being questioned by the police to have a lawyer around, because they’re trained to look for that kind of thing, or just don’t. You know break into cars criminal, so the idea of repressed memory is also known as dissociative.
Amnesia is basically that your brain has a way of sort of protecting itself from traumatic events in your life, by sort of just forgetting those traumatic events which, on the surface, you know doesn’t sound, so bad in theory.
You know if you & # 39. Ve got a bad memory. Maybe you don’t want to remember it, but the problem is it doesn’t just go away completely. It sort of just goes down into your subconscious and rattles around down there and wrecks havoc without you, knowing it.
So, underneath the surface of all of your thought processes, you have this thing: that’s, sort of affecting your mindset and your decisions, and sometimes these memories can be brought back into your consciousness by a sensory or emotional trigger, because some studies have shown That really emotional and traumatic experiences have a way of embedding themselves in imprinting themselves, as emotions, more so than actual memories.
So often traumatic memories are remembered more as the emotion that’s around and then the event itself repressed. Memories like a lot of things that are now considered questionable in the field of psychology, was first introduced by Sigmund Freud in 1896 in an essay called on the ideology of hysteria.
But he was Austrian Sosa at the elegida history and actually in the early part of the 20th century. This idea, wasn & # 39, t, really taken that seriously a lot of people who had memories that sprung up later on of, say sexual abuse, when they were children, were just kind of ignored and told that it was just a fake memory that they just made Up and then in the 80s it took a hard swing, the other direction, and suddenly all these repressed memories were everywhere and they were taken very seriously, and people started getting locked up for memories that people had of that person sexually abusing them.
When they were a kid, and this isn’t to say that those cases weren’t real, oh, that those people, didn’- t actually experienced some kind of trauma. It’s just that they started taking it. A lot more seriously in the 80s – and there was a little bit of a backlash to that eventually and today there’s, just kind of no agreement on it whatsoever.
There’s, a kind of a fight going on between researchers and clinicians, and therapists with the researcher saying that this totally isn’t a thing and the therapists saying no. This actually happens all the time now Katie Morton, who is a youtuber that talks about mental health issues.
She has a fantastic channel if you haven’t checked her out, definitely do it. She does a article about this topic and she says that she’s actually seen a lot of times where people have had these things pop up.
But you have to be really careful as a therapist to not ask those leading questions that can kind of get them to spring up some kind of memory. Just because having that memory would really help sort of diagnose the problems that they have.
But even she says that she’s, seeing repressed memories, kind of pop up in some of her clients, without any prodding of her own now. One explanation that has been put out there to try to you know explain the whole repressed memory thing is sleep paralysis? If you never heard of sleep paralysis, it’s.
Um it’s. A nightmare like a literal waking nightmare. The deal with sleep paralysis is basically when you’re dreaming your mind kind of paralyzes, your body, so that you know if you’re fighting off a bear in your dream.
You’re. Not actually, you know fighting off your spouse in bed, although that does happen from time to time and I have the bruises to show it, but with sleep paralysis, what actually happens is you sort of wake up, but your body is still paralyzed and you’re still kind of dreaming it’s.
It’s literally a nightmare state. While you’re awake and often this involves like intruders coming into the bedroom or some kind of danger, that’s facing you and you can’t move and you can’t do anything about it, my God I hope this never happens to me.
It sounds awful, and sometimes these events in these experiences can be interpreted as a memory of something that actually happened to you. So some researchers say that that might be the explanation for some of these memories that pop out there it’s, not actually something that happened, but it might be like the memory of a dream or a sleep paralysis, event that took place, and one Thing about sleep paralysis is, it does seem to happen more to people who have remembered childhood traumas.
It’s, also more common with people who have depression, issues and stuff like that, and there’s. Some that say that the only reason people are having repressed memories is because people are having repressed memories, which is kind of why this thing started happening a lot more in the 80s like it became a big deal and people started hearing more about it.
So then, suddenly it’s like oh, I & # 39. Ve got a memory that popped up, and it was this, and that explains all this stuff, that’s, going on in my life, sort of a herd, mentality thing if you want to put it that way, and one of the people that wanted to Sort of explore that idea was a guy named Harrison Pope who actually works at McLean Hospital, which is backed by Harvard University, but he basically postulated that.
If this is sort of a modern thing, then it would be explained by the fact that there’s all these other people talking about it and therefore people seem to be experiencing this because it’s, sort of a herd like I Just talked about, but if it’s, something that’s, inherently something that our brain does, then we would have heard about that a long time ago.
So he actually put up a $ 1,000 reward for anybody who could find evidence of repressed memories showing up in literature that happened before the Year 1800, because there are examples in literature from the 20th century there’s only a few of them from The 19th century, including one in A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens and one from Captains Courageous by Richard Kipling, but nobody could really find anything pre 1800.
There are cases and stories of people who forget events that have happened in their lives and even who forget their own identities. But there’s, nothing about people who forget a traumatic event that happens and then comes up later in a repressed memory.
Kind of thing, so this does seem to be a fairly modern phenomenon, but the question becomes: when is it a repressed memory? And when is it just something that you forgot, because that’s, a natural biological mental process that we all experience? We all just forget things so when it comes down to it yeah our memories are just super weird because it’s, not just like a article playing off of a tape.
It’s, a mini tentacle intertwined multi, connected Hydra that morphs over time and sheds off parts of itself that it doesn’t need and basically underlying lis, serves the psyche in positive and negative ways.
You know sometimes a massive traumatic event in our lives gets forgotten, like people who are in bad car accidents. Often they don’t, remember the accident themselves and other things are just embedded in our memories for the rest of our lives.
Like memories of 9/11 or the Kennedy assassination all those events where people say where were you when this happened, we can always remember that, and sometimes we just forget stuff. I’m terrible about this.
My wife and my sister. They’re, always reminding me of things that I did with them, and I just I don’t remit slike ringing no bells whatsoever and it’s different for each person. There are people out there who have photographic memories that actually can recall every single event of their lives.
Marilu Henner is an actress who actually has this ability and some people with disability. They consider it a curse so how much weight should we give our memories? It’s, a tricky question. You know the past is prologue.
It’s, it’s over the only effect the past has in the present is the effect that we allow it to have. On the other hand, those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it platitudes. I guess when it comes to repressed memories, what it all comes down to is is what you do with it.
If we’re, calling a traumatic event from your past kind of helps, you get to the core of some issues that have been holding you back and allow you to move forward in a better way in your life. You know, maybe it doesn’t matter, whether it’s real or not.
Maybe your mind actually made it up, because that’s. What you needed in order to move forward. You know a positive result is a positive result. Of course, if this made up memory puts an innocent person in jail, that’s a problem, so maybe they’re helpful in clinical and and you know, therapeutic situations but more problematic in courtroom situations.
But if you’re, the parent of a small child just to be safe, you might want to get them that pony so wasn’t. This is a heavily debated topic. I wanted to kind of cover this right down the middle, but I want you guys to talk about it down in the comments below.
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