Recovering Lost Memory from Traumatic Experiences? Is this a good thing?

by | Dec 1, 2015


The world of identity theory is thorny. Based on independent philosophical questions about what makes an individual a person (versus what makes a human a conscious living thing), there’s no simple consensus about just what, exactly, defines personal identity.

Creating False Memories…October 27, 2015 by Michele Rosenthal  A Quote from this article…click highlighted link to read more…

“Part of how we grow and self-define (and the way we learn how to let go and find inner peace) comes from those experiences that create memories of how we ourselves (not a biochemical solution and a laser) generate experiences that bring change. We learn and integrate ourselves precisely because we are active in the memory formation process. Instead, creating false memories reduces us to a passive role, one that provides little in the way of choice, action, reaction, ownership and self-created experiential learning.

Taken to the extreme this scientific advance could lead to a psychological retreat. Better to allow individuals to purposefully create new experiences in the present than tinker with what (did not) happen in the past.”

Click here to get inspired by Rose’s easy steps to positively change your mind


I have pondered memory recovery for many years.  My lost memory challenges are from early childhood to about age  8 or 9…after that most of my memory is pretty intact…  I also suffered memory loss from a traumatic experience while aboard ship serving in the US Navy in early 1965.  I have contemplated hypnosis as a treatment to bring back these memories with the idea it may help my own recovery journey in mitigating post traumatic stress symptoms.

Following my own personal research, input from mental health professionals, and in reading the article written by Michele Rosenthal, Creating False Memories,  I would say for me, leave well enough alone…  Sounds dangerous to attempt, through hypnosis and other mind manipulation treatments, memory recovery when there is a risk connected with this psychological procedure.  All this sounds too complicated to me anyway….  I feel pretty good with my own journey of healing these days, and wouldn’t want to “fix it if it ain’t broke.”  Check out these additional references to learn more about this topic…False Memory Syndrome, Wikipedia and Creating False Memories, Scientific American…

Thank you Michele Rosenthal for bringing this topic to our attention.  Although it is sort of complicated, it is important for trauma survivors like me with memory loss to have a high level of awareness.  I could have easily made an emotional decision to seek hypnosis a few years ago at great risk.  I have become very happy with the work in progress alternative treatment strategies that have worked well so far. with Michele Rosenthal continues to be an excellent resource for me to stay on track and further my education.

Steve Sparks, Author, Reconciliation: A Son’s Story and My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1&2…  Click the highlighted text for my author page to order or download books.


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About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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