The validity of recovered memories

repressed memories coming back

References: Association for Psychological Science. Studies have documented that people who live through extreme trauma sometimes forget the trauma. In fact, studies involving Holocaust survivors and war veterans have consistently found exactly the opposite: The difficulty for those people is not remembering their ordeals, but forgetting them.

One could take this as evidence against both the validity and existence of repressed memories. Some survivors will want to have relief from ongoing symptoms of anxiety, memories of abuse and experiences such as nightmares.

How can we believe a repressed memory to be true if part of the process involves falsifying other memories!? Skepticism regarding the validity of a memory as factual detail is warranted.

In fact, this question has lead to one of the most contentious issues in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. The Recovered Memory movement began in between the mid 's and lasted until the late 's, encouraged by Freud's studies and the book The Courage to Heal by Laura Davis 4.

Then, one day, it may rise up and emerge into consciousness. Here's what we know at this time: Moderate trauma can enhance long-term memory.

It is characterized by episode s of traveling away from home and creating a new identity.

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