The debate about recovered memories versus false memory syndrome is both complex and sensitive. As a clinician, I believe it is important to be aware of the issues on both sides of the debate, and, in the course of clinical practice, to be sensitive to any practices with even hypothetical potential for promoting a "false memory". The intent of this web page is not to support either side in the debate (there are many other web sites which already do that) but rather to provide some resources summarizing what is known and what is not known. Ultimately, truth is decided not by rhetoric but by empirical evidence, and in open accessibility to and examination of that evidence. In keeping with this, I do not believe that my personal opinions are relevant here and I wish to expressly emphasize that nothing presented on this page should be construed as necessarily representing the opinions of anyone at PsychLinks. Clinicians may be interested in consulting a recent article by Phyllis J. Proust & Keith S. Dobson (1998), Recovered Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse: Searching for the Middle Ground in Clinical Practice, Canadian Psychology, 39:4, 257-265.
memory is a constructive process, coded semantically according to meaning), and not a video of how events have unfolded in the past
I find I do better if I live in the present and plan for the future, instead of worrying about the past.
TSOW said:David Baxter said:memory is a constructive process, coded semantically according to meaning), and not a video of how events have unfolded in the past
Would you elaborate on the meaning of this statement, as well as it's significance in how our memory works?