Throughout this entire week, I have come to learn that memories are reconstructed when we remember them; however, this doesn’t make them fake, they are indeed real in my opinion. This is also my opinion on repressed memories. Repressed memories are real. Therapies in which therapist continue to suggest there’s “something else” (Loftus) are the reason why people doubt the authenticity of repressed memories. In the video False Memories, the study showing how subjectable people are to formulating false memories is astonishing and it proves just how easy it is to create fake memories. I believe that suggestibility is the main cause behind constructed/fake memories: Paul McHugh made it very clear in Can Trama Hid in the Back of the Mind?” to remind people that certain types of therapies (hypnosis and drugs) can make a person more susceptible. “Some contemporary therapists have been known to tell …show more content…
I’ve come to terms that not all memories are happy but they are the reasons happy ones can be so much better. That being said, I’ve grown up fortunate. I have a happy family with both parents, a house, and I’ve never been deprived in a survival way. Watching the PBS video I was sad with how many letters Andre Fenton was receiving of people wanting to erase their memories, one guy even going as far to say he wouldn’t mind even if it meant losing all of his memories. At first, I thought how amazing it could be if we could erase memories because I first thought of criminals possibly getting a second chance-if they were able to start completely fresh. However hearing Fenton end with how he wouldn’t want to wipe someone 's memory and how they might not be human anymore, made me realize how our core memories do make us who we are and I can’t imagine the loss of identity that would come after. I know for sure I would never want my memories
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She mentions that these “dangerous” memories are presented in legal cases and explains her part in two of which she was apart of. In the first case, the photos of Thomas Sohponow who was mistakenly identified as the murderer of a young woman during the identification process were arrayed simultaneously rather than sequentially giving witnesses an easier target. This practice is not reliable as it allows witnesses to easily be persuaded by their naïve “memories” of a person and unfortunately in his case resulted in four years in prison. The second case Michael Kliman who was an elementary school teacher was accused of molesting a 6th grade student based on “repressed memories”. After two decades the student who “recovered” her memories laid charges on Kliman, which makes the case questionable since it could be difficult to justify the validity of a “repressed memory”.
The human brain is the most extraordinary thing in the universe but sometimes we create false memories without knowing. The human brain consists of a hundred billion neurons, as many as the entire Milky Way galaxy (“Voytek”). It stores numerous memories from childhood to the present. The majority of us, however,
Introduction “Of what use is the memory of facts, if not to serve as an example of good or of evil?” (Alfred de Vigny). Memory encodes various pieces of information that can be utilized in an enormous amount of situations to benefit people. However, memory is also fallible. It alters and creates new memories, changing the original encoded data for unknown reasons.
Without memory there is no civilization, no society, no future’ (interview). This quote is about how if you don’t remember these events then it might happen again if something this bad happens again then our society wont be no more there would be alot of world problems that we can’t have. We also need to remember those who have died because of the dehumanization they went through. ”I became A-7713. From then on, I had no other name.”
The experiment showed how our memory can be easily mislead even if we saw it with our own eyes. I believe Gould’s essay is indeed convincing when it comes to whether or not to doubt what people believe they remember is actually
He does not forget enough that he does not learn anything from it, and he does not remember too much to be trapped inside his own memories. This is evident when a woman came to him to apologized to him for something that happened in Deo’s past. “’What happened happened,’ Deo said to the woman. ‘Let’s work on the clinic. Let’s put this tragedy behind us, because remembering is not going to benefit anyone” (259).
(AGG) Knowledge is one thing that drives humanity to keep evolving, the yearning to learn more is what separates us from other animals, but what happens when you take that away? (BS-1) The government knowingly creates a world that limits people’s knowledge in order to give themselves more control. (BS-2) This control has a negative effect on the humanity of the people, which is lost due to the lack of awareness and memories.
This would seem to suggests that the courts would throw out all memories discovered after a certain length of time. However, according to Johnson, “Courts tend to be all over the map” on this issue (par.5). According to Johnson some courts will extend the statute of limitation on some child abuse cases. The reason: there is a high chance that repressed memories will be fully remembered later in life (par. 6) However, some courts will completely reject all memories after a certain length of time as there is a high chance these memories will be false (par 6).
What is the point in real memory? Why should we remember all the moral and immoral from the past? How does it even help us? Some people say most conditions in today's world are pointless but one item that stands out is memory. Everyone has to have memory, even if it just an image popping up in your head of the last time you took your dog on a walk or helped an old woman cross the street.
In the book, Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire, there are a lot of quotes that I relate to. For example, the quote, “Not everyone is born a witch or a saint. Not everyone is born talented, or crooked, or blessed; some are born definite in no particular at all. We are a fountain of shimmering contradictions, most of us. Beautiful in the concept, if we're lucky, but frequently tedious or regrettable as we flesh ourselves out.(Maguire)”, relates to me, because throughout my life, I have changed as a person.
‘”Can’t repeat the past?’ he cried incredulously. ‘Why of course you can!’” The reader knows that anyone of sound mind understands that we must all live with our regrets. None of us can repeat the past, much as we may wish we could.
An Appreciation for Time Memories make up who people are. Whether they be good or bad, these events shape the very being of mankind. It is, however, what memories that stick to the mind that speak a thousand words to who the person is. The concept of memory is discussed in the words of Tobias Wolff in his short story “A Bullet in The Brain”. Wolff writes of Anders, a book critic turned misanthropist through being consumed by his trade.
When I look back on my life, it's not that I don't want to see things exactly as they happened; it's just that I prefer to remember them in an artistic way. And truthfully the lie of it all is much more honest because I invented it. Clinical psychology tells us arguably that trauma is the ultimate killer. Memories are not recycled like atoms and particles in quantum physics, they can be lost forever.
Looking on the Internet I came upon article that put a whole new light regarding repressed memories. Scholars like Sigmund Freud believed that repress memories have a detrimental effect on individuals’ lives. Sigmund Freud assumption of repressed memories can have a negative influence on behavior and mental health, but this article, from Time Magazine, discusses the benefits of repressed memories (Sifferlin, A, 2014). The article was based off a team effort of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and University of Cambridge Behavioral and Clinical Neuroscience base out of Cambridge England did a study try to examine how suppression affect a memory’s unconscious influence people.
One of the limitations is the construction of the memory. The gaining of trust on how much an individual can trust the memory of recollection. While one may not remember what happen in their daily day life, how can one trust this therapy to recollect the memory many years ago. The construction of memory may include good memories and memories which can worsen the client’s life as it can be painful one. The client can take drastic decision such as pulling the person to court after the memories have been recollected.