by Vitor Rodrigues, Ph.D.
This article presents a scientific and clinical discussion of how memory is fundamental to our concepts, our experience and the workings of our mind, to explain – for readers concerned with possessing a body and a mind – how and why regression therapy works.
After defining regression therapy, this article follows with a general perspective on how it is done, what are its pitfalls, and how to avoid them. It presents a theoretical perspective on how and why it works, and why it can overcome criticism based on studies about how memory can be biased, can be distorted and can be fabricated.
It is a well-established fact that trauma produces powerful behavioral consequences along with strong and very emotional memories. We discuss brain mechanisms of stress-related effects, research on flashbulb memories, and how research shows that memories may be forgotten at the conscious and rational level, while still influencing us at less conscious layers of the psyche.
A perspective on traumatic effects as being similar to ‘computer viruses’ is presented, followed by three cases illustrating work on sexual issues.