Mnemosis, or recovery of memories, is a technique that has
fallen out of fashion in psychology. Psychologists have discovered
that patients are dishonest, temperamental, or just can't get
themselves to remember everything.
Nonetheless, confrontation with past events is an important
process in therapy, and takes place even if it is not frankly
acknowledged. And, often the therapist is aware of this.
The process may vary somewhat, but it is usually in the following
1. The therapist asks the patient polite questions (how he or she
is feeling, what is something that matters to them, where have
they traveled to, etc.)
2. The therapist asks the patient to explain something in their life
that is important to them, such as a memory that they think of
fondly, or some recent experience that has troubled them.
3. Instead of immediately analyzing what the trouble or
significance means, the therapist asks the person what the thing,
event, significance, etc. means to the patient.
4. Through internally analyzing what the patient interprets from
the experience, the therapist begins to understand the patient.
5. The therapist can develop a network of associations about the
patient by asking more questions, and delving deeper into the
patient's past experiences and associations.
6. Finally, through guidance from the therapist, the patient is led
into an understanding of what is most important to them.
7. If what seems most important is something harmful or
dangerous, the therapist can warn the patient that there is
something harmful or dangerous lurking in their psyche.
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