Bridging the great divide: Modifying traumatic memories

Van Der Merwe M. (2009)


Traumatic memories are typically fragmented and accessing such memories can be complicated due to the osc".(ascillation between frightening re-experience and repression of traumatic material. In this process the mind engages traumatic memory, anxiety is generated and the mind disengages the traumatic memory. Traumatised victims as well as professionals who intervene should have a good understanding of the process of memory shifting where implicit memories are accessed to form a verbal narrative. In this article the focus is on memory work from a constructive narrative perspective to bridge the divide between situationally accessible and verbally accessible memories in traumatised persons.

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