Repressed Memories
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Posted 12/5/10
http://faculty.washington.edu/eloftus/Articles/sciam.htm

I am no fan of Psychology- complete and utter nonsense, if you ask me, much like Art and Literary criticism, just a great exercise in the bullshiting powers of the critic, or, in this case, the psychologist, who, by books, think that the infinite complexity of the human mind is fathomable by simply asking questions and hoping for an honest answer, and then applying the theories you learnt in those books to the answers. Most controversial in this particular field of study is the idea that memories of childhood trauma will be repressed unconsciously and, upon a later date, come back as anxiety, and that, by discovering the source of the trauma, the psychologist can help you through it all. It is a tenant that is taken for granted, in all fields of the arts, including movies, novels, and, if you search hard enough, behind Jesus and infront of Oedipus, in Music. While I do not question concious repression of memory, there isn't very many evidence to support unconcious repression, and, indeed, have sometime led to the creation of false memories, as mentioned in the article above. So, can we really trust this whole repressed memory thing?
Posted 12/5/10 , edited 12/5/10

orangeflute wrote:

http://faculty.washington.edu/eloftus/Articles/sciam.htm

I am no fan of Psychology- complete and utter nonsense, if you ask me, much like Art and Literary criticism, just a great exercise in the bullshiting powers of the critic, or, in this case, the psychologist, who, by books, think that the infinite complexity of the human mind is fathomable by simply asking questions and hoping for an honest answer, and then applying the theories you learnt in those books to the answers. Most controversial in this particular field of study is the idea that memories of childhood trauma will be repressed unconsciously and, upon a later date, come back as anxiety, and that, by discovering the source of the trauma, the psychologist can help you through it all. It is a tenant that is taken for granted, in all fields of the arts, including movies, novels, and, if you search hard enough, behind Jesus and infront of Oedipus, in Music. While I do not question concious repression of memory, there isn't very many evidence to support unconcious repression, and, indeed, have sometime led to the creation of false memories, as mentioned in the article above. So, can we really trust this whole repressed memory thing?
I say yes, we can. Especially when learned helplessness(socialized depression) is in fact a reality within human socialization process.

To elaborate further, the individual human consciousness isn't there at all within the first 15 months of human infancy. Which is consistent with the fact of human infant brain development on vision. In fact the human ability to perceive depth is done subconsciously by the human brain alone, which is why we can see 3D images such as the magic eyes and other visual illusions; we can't help it when our brains want to believe in whatever that they're seeing as real, especially when our brains were biologically primed to internalize and generalize information.
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