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What does memory have to do with making changes?

Asked 10/10/2020 17:50 by Belinda Bourdain
Suuz Martines

Suuz Martines

Answered 10/10/2020 17:50

Every time we make big plans for our lives, or set out to change our habits, our subconscious mind is triggered. Maybe a memory from age five taught us not to put ourselves out there. The pride of the pencil box you made for your mom, you found in the trash later that day. So why now, with that hurt, would you want to take a chance on something new? Sometimes, instead of protecting us, our memories hold us back, based on things that are no longer true. And, if the subconscious feels like big changes aren’t safe, we get resistance which can show up as procrastination or self-sabotage. Is there a voice we hear that says, “I can’t”? Your voice or that of a bully? The subconscious mind can derail our plans under the guise of “protection”. Memory is the faculty of the mind by which information is encoded, stored and retrieved. Vital to experiences and related to limbic systems, it is the retention of information over time for purpose of influencing future actions. Memory is not what happened but a prediction of what we think will happen. Memories have the purpose to learn, a prediction of what we think will happen - good and bad. Fear with memory prediction is Fear Conditioning - there for our protection but it sometimes gets in our way. How are emotions made? Our brain takes in everything and converts into image. Memory is more than an image – it is much more complex - a Memory Complex that consists of Memory, Feeling, Thought, and Bodily Sensations. As we smell the essential oils, we break apart the memory, then we don't remember or associate the same way with that thought. Normally memory is past, and its purpose is to influence future action. A recent study states, 1. “Neurobiologists at the University of Toronto have identified a mechanism that allows the brain to recreate vivid sensory experiences from memory, shedding light on how sensory-rich memories are created and stored in our brains. Using smell as a model, the findings offer a novel perspective on how the senses are represented in memory, and could explain why the loss of the ability to smell has become recognized as an early symptom of Alzheimer's disease.” With bad experiences, our hippocampus converts Short Term into Long Term memory.
An implicit, encoded example is, “People don't like me. I should just keep my head down and not connect.” Whereas, an explicit, impaired example would be, “I was bullied.”
We can't store memory if we can't process. If we cannot process, store and file, the memory retriggers the amygdala - Fight, Flight, or Freeze.