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FLASH MEMORYPSYCHOLOGY TERM PAPER Memory is the main faculty of retaining and recallingpast experiences A repressed memory is one that is retained in the subconscious mind in which one is not aware of it but where it can still affectboth conscious thoughts memory and behaviorWhen memory is distorted the result can be referred to what has been calledthe False Memory SyndromeThomas Billing Publishing 1995 a condition in which a persons identity and interpersonal relationshipsare entered around a memory of traumatic experience which is obviously falsebut the person strongly believes that it isnt However the syndromeis not only characterized by false memories alone We all have memories thatare inaccurate Instead the syndrome may be diagnosed when the memory isso severely disoriented that it changes the individuals entire personalityand lifestyle therefore disrupting all sorts of other behaviors The meansof personality disorder is on purpose False memory syndrome is especiallydestructive because the person carefully avoids any confrontation what soever with any evidence that might challenge the memory So this syndrometakes on a life of its own keeping itself to be alone and resistant tocorrection The person may become so focused on the memory that he or shemay be effectively distracted from coping with real problems in his or herlife There are many models which try to explain how memoryworks Nevertheless we do not know exactly how memory works One of themost questionable models of memory is the one which assumes that every experiencea person has had is recorded in memory and that some of these memoriesare from traumatic events too terrible to want to rememberThomas BillingsPublishing 1995 These terrible memories are locked away in the sub conscious mind ierepressed only to be remembered in adulthood when some triggering eventopens the door to the unconscious Both before and after the repressed memoryis remembered it causes physical and mental disorders in a person Some people have made an effort to explain their painEven Cancer was known to form in some
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