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Posted by: T | 2010/03/16

remembering the past

There are many years i have no recollection of - til age 12.. do you recommend I go for hypnosis? is it worthwhile?

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ABSOLUTELY NOT ! There isn't the faintest reason to use quackery like hypnosis in a situation like this. It is totally normal to have little or no memory for one's early years, as one's memory forming and recording structures are not fully formed in the early years. And it is simply not necessary to remember the contents of one's early years, and very very rarely useful. If one actually managed to remember most of what happened, year by year, we'd have so many memories there's be little room to remember the really important things from yesterday.
It is totally clear to any genuine expert that hypnosis is a highly unreliable method for seeking to "recover" memories. This is why recollection aided by hypnosis is not acepted or allowed as evidence in court - what is "remembered" is very highly unreliable, and any acurate fragments are flooded by a mix of fantasy, things you think you ought to remember, and especially dangerously, things your hypnotists thinks you ought to remember. One can "recover" detailed, convincing and sincere "memories" of things that absolutely did not every happen at all.
If you have any actual current problems or symptoms that trouble you, see a real psychiatrist or psychologist who will real with these realistically. If they suggest hypnosis to "recover" anything from your past, refuse and leave the room - you will have identified someone using obsolete, unreliable and risky methods and who must be unaware of the wealth of evidence that this is not a good idea.

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Posted by: T | 2010/03/16

what if something happened in those years - i have a genuine fear of something that may have happened to me when i was younger... I think someone did something to me, and many things point to that possibility... but i dont know if i want to know... sorry it is just so very confusing.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/03/16

ABSOLUTELY NOT ! There isn't the faintest reason to use quackery like hypnosis in a situation like this. It is totally normal to have little or no memory for one's early years, as one's memory forming and recording structures are not fully formed in the early years. And it is simply not necessary to remember the contents of one's early years, and very very rarely useful. If one actually managed to remember most of what happened, year by year, we'd have so many memories there's be little room to remember the really important things from yesterday.
It is totally clear to any genuine expert that hypnosis is a highly unreliable method for seeking to "recover" memories. This is why recollection aided by hypnosis is not acepted or allowed as evidence in court - what is "remembered" is very highly unreliable, and any acurate fragments are flooded by a mix of fantasy, things you think you ought to remember, and especially dangerously, things your hypnotists thinks you ought to remember. One can "recover" detailed, convincing and sincere "memories" of things that absolutely did not every happen at all.
If you have any actual current problems or symptoms that trouble you, see a real psychiatrist or psychologist who will real with these realistically. If they suggest hypnosis to "recover" anything from your past, refuse and leave the room - you will have identified someone using obsolete, unreliable and risky methods and who must be unaware of the wealth of evidence that this is not a good idea.

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