Memory : Window to the Unconscious mind

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Memories are a viable tool that psychologists can harness to help treat patients. Psychologists who study dreams see them as a doorway to the unconscious, where knowledge inaccessible to the conscious mind is encoded in a deeply personal symbolism .

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Memory : Window to the Unconscious mind

  1. 1. www.helpingpsychology.com Window to the Unconscious mind Memory : http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/10866345/2/istockphoto_10866345-notebook-and-cup-of-coffee.jpg
  2. 2. http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-5044222-favorite-book.php Memories are a viable tool that psychologists can harness to help treat patients. www.helpingpsychology.com
  3. 3. http://www.thelearningcommunity.us/Portals/0/images%20of%20kids/african%20american%20infant%20profile.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com Where knowledge inaccessible to the conscious mind is encoded in a deeply personal symbolism. http://helpingpsychology.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/iStock_000009186837Small2-300x199.jpg
  4. 4. www.helpingpsychology.com Memories shape our day to day lives more powerfully than do our nightly dreams; http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/6435297/2/istockphoto_6435297-old-photographs-two.jpg
  5. 5. www.helpingpsychology.com discovering their meaning could therefore yield fruitful results in a therapeutic setting. Where a psychologist familiar with dream analysis applies that discipline to the patient’s long term memories. http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/2443824/2/istockphoto_2443824-memories.jpg
  6. 6. Every second of our conscious lives, our brains make decisions about how to encode and interpret vast amounts of sensory input. MAKING MEMORIES www.helpingpsychology.com http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/5209564/2/istockphoto_5209564-important-day.jpg
  7. 7. Some of it is retained in the short term memory – which is referred to by psychologists as “center of consciousness” – while a relatively small amount is given a special place in long term memory. www.helpingpsychology.com
  8. 8. Most of the time, people do not consciously decide what memories they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. www.helpingpsychology.com
  9. 9. Those decisions are generally the provenance of the unconscious, and studying those decisions can thus bring the workings of the unconscious to light. A useful list can be created by the patients to record long-term memories. www.helpingpsychology.com
  10. 10. A therapist might set a time limit of ten minutes ORGANIZING MEMORIES www.helpingpsychology.com http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/2260672/2/istockphoto_2260672-paper-clip.jpg
  11. 11. The patient zips through the most prominent memories from one year or era of life to the next, beginning with the very first conscious memory, and only writing down the ones that are most vivid. www.helpingpsychology.com
  12. 12. Each memory can be noted in a few words, or one word, that will call the whole memory to the patient’s mind. Discussing the list can be a challenge for both patient and therapist because memories are complicated. www.helpingpsychology.com
  13. 13. Each memory should be discussed just enough so that the therapist has a general idea of what it’s about and can guide the patient to determine what its main theme is. www.helpingpsychology.com
  14. 14. As patient and therapist identify themes, patterns will inevitably emerge. TAKING MEANING FROM MEMORIES www.helpingpsychology.com http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/8668074/2/istockphoto_8668074-four-documents-marked-with-diferent-colored-notes.jpg
  15. 15. Are most of the memories happy, sad, painful, funny, or bizarre? What role did the patient generally play – bystander, hero, instigator, victim. www.helpingpsychology.com
  16. 16. How do current situations in the patient’s life correspond with each memory? www.helpingpsychology.com
  17. 17. Therapists who work with dreams can apply the same notions of symbolism and personal meaning to long term memory . If the patient is willing, the results could be truly transformational. www.helpingpsychology.com
  18. 18. www.argosy.edu Argosy University has developed a curriculum that focuses on interpersonal skills and practical experience alongside academic learning. Sponsored By Helping Psychology is sponsored by Argosy University.

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