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Question Repressed memories? - July 22nd 2010, 09:57 AM

I can't remember the entire year my parents got divorced, I can't remember moving with my dad about three years ago, I can't remember a vacation I went on when I was twelve where my dad beat my mom up and I can't remember the four months after 9/11 where I cried constantly and my dad had to live at home because I was so traumatized by his having been in the building.

I only know about these events because I've been told, all recently. Before this week I didn't even know my dad was in New York during the attacks.

Does that mean these are repressed memories?

I'm unnerved by the fact that I can't remember important events in my life.
How do I fix this? Is there something I can do to remember things that happened?
I'm not depressed or unhappy in any way. I'm perfectly content with my life so I don't understand why I still can't remember. I mean when I was little those were hard things to go through but they're not that bad.

Has anyone ever dealt with repressed memories before?

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I still can't remember them, even vaguely let alone details. I only know they happened because I've been told by family they did.

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Re: Repressed memories? - July 22nd 2010, 04:02 PM

You've had so much happening and sometimes people block out their thoughts sometimes.. so maybe thats what you did. Hope I helped by any way.


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Re: Repressed memories? - July 23rd 2010, 03:24 AM

I'm not understanding because you appear to remember those memories if you can list them. Not recalling the details isn't repressed memories, it's theorized to be a limit of the human brain and can best be accounted for by cognitive psychology. Stress does affect how we take in and process information. For any situation, we remember only a small amount of it, the rest gets lost or replaced. A crude analogy is a black hole in space. It sucks things towards it but only a bit of the things actually gets in at a time, the rest just is destroyed but has not yet gotten in. In this case, anything that doesn't get in isn't processed or recalled as well. It's not repressed memories.
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