Hurting Memories and Beneficial Forgetting, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0123984041
  • ISBN-13: 9780123984043
  • DDC: 153.12
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 240 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Memories are indispensable for individuals as well as social groups. Forgetting not only means loss of functioning but also loss of identity. Memories can also be hurting and cause problems, as research on posttraumatic stress disorders (PTSD) has shown. This is true for individuals as well as social groups and even societies. Memories and especially negative memories can escape the control of the individual. Many political conflicts can only be understood when taking history and memories into account. In this volume a comprehensive scientific overview is given on the development of "hurting memories" in individuals and societies. Consequences are described, i.e. from mental disorders in individuals, like PTSD or other neurotic disorders, to societal tensions and conflicts, from South Africa to Northern Europe. Additionally, "beneficial forgetting" is discussed, from treatments of individuals to reconciliation between social groups. The contrasting of "hurting memories and beneficial forgetting" can help to understand, that memories can have positive and negative results and that it is difficult to decide when to support memories and when forgetting.Bringing individual and societal memories in coincetion - the benefit is a new perspective on the interactrion between individuals and society. Pointing to possible negative consequences of memory - the benefit is a new perspective of an important but under recognized scientific and clinical problem. Presenting modes of treatment and reconciliation for individuals and social groups - an overview which can not be found elsewhere.

Table of Contents

Front cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
List of Contributors.
1: Basic Aspects.
2: Spectrum of Persisting Memories and Pseudomemories, Distortions, and Psychopathology.
3: Electrophysiological Signature of Emotional Memories.
4: Pharmacological Approaches to Understand, Prevent, and Mitigate Hurting Memories. Lessons from Posttraumatic Stress Disorders.
5: Memory and Social Meaning: The Impact of Society and Culture on Traumatic Memories.
6: Retraumatization: The Vicious Circle of Intrusive Memory.
7: Pathological Modes of Remembering: The PTSD Experience.
8: Hurting Memories and Intrusions in Posttraumatic Embitterment Disorders (PTED) as Compared to Posttraumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD).
9: Symbolized Thinking as the Background of Toxic Memories.
10: False Memories.
11: The Constitution of Narrative Identity.
12: Clinical Aspects.
13: Implicit Memories and the Structure of the Values System After the Experience of Trauma in Childhood or Adulthood.
14: Moving Beyond Childhood Adversity: Association Between Salutogenic Factors and Subjective Well-Being Among Adult Survivors of Trauma*.
15: Working with Unconscious and Explicit Memories in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy in Patients with Chronic Depression.
16: Overcoming Hurting Memories by Wisdom and Wisdom Psychotherapy.
17: Societal Aspects.
18: Healing of Psychological Trauma from Military Operations by Transformation of Memories.
19: The Creation and Development of Social Memories of Traumatic Events: The Oudewater Massacre of 1575.
20: Conflict Avoidance, Forgetting, and Distorted Memories by Media Influence on Family Memories: Grandpa Was No Nazi and No Communist.
21: Acting Out and Working Through Traumatic Memory: Confronting the Past in the South African Context.
22: Empathy, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa.