The Impact Of Traumatic Memory

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In order to understand the impact of a traumatic memory from the past on the present we must first understand what memory is. The act of remembering is something we begin to do subconsciously, it is an innate evolutionary feature adapted for survival. Memory is the mental faculty of retaining and recalling past experiences and we use it in our daily lives without realising.Fundamentally, memory represents a change in who we are. Our habits, our ideologies, our hopes and fears are all influenced by what we remember of our past. However, Whilst we use memory in our everyday lives, the process of remembering is an intricately complex process which can have greater implications on society in a wider context. I would argue that in some extreme cases, …show more content…
for Plato himself they are not part of an attempt to develop a comprehensive cognitive theory; rather they are floated hypothetically, in the context of arguments designed to highlight the unreliability of memory and perception as sources of true knowledge. All are imperfect, and thereby misleading, copies of material things, which are themselves, of course, merely imperfect instantiations of the eternal forms, the proper objects of philosophic …show more content…
Unlike the processing of computers, human mind is complex and the lots of processing can lead to errors. A more visual way is to compare the act of remembering with the way a computer processes information. When a program runs again, the “memory” is perfect. Argues memory isn 't retrieval but reconstruction. “Modern computers encode memory as a vast array of independent, digital bits of information that are “randomly accessible.” Functionally, this means that your computer can bring up your best friend’s phone number without accessing any information about what your best friend looks like or how you met. The human brain stores memory in a very different way; recalling your best friend’s phone number may very well bring to mind your friend’s face, a pleasant conversation that you had, and the title of the movie that the two of you are going to see. While computer memories are discrete and informationally simple, human memories are tangled together and informationally complex.” In comparison to the reading of computer code which is linear and not subject to unpredictability - with certain memories can bring with it greater

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