The video above provides a perspective on Memory and Regression Therapy. Memory is a very integral part of our journey to understand us as human beings. It is the memories that shape our responses, and our behaviors to people and situations. And it is these memories that determine how we will act in the future in different scenarios. Memory is essentially a foundation of everything that we believe about ourselves and about other people, and it also lays the foundation of a lot of our unconscious behaviors, belief systems, as well as fears, phobias, and other quakes. Also our talents.
So let us understand a little bit more about memory. Memory is a neurobiological process, which means it does not just record what experiences like a tape recorder, but it also encodes them, by encoding, I mean that every experience that you go through will recorded as an experience depending on how you have experienced it. What was your feeling, emotion in that experience, and what was your interpretation of that experience will determine how that memory of that experience was saved or stored in your mind, hence when there are two or three people who have gone through the same situation or event will record that memory very differently, And after many many years if they get together and talk about it, each one of them may have a very, very different memory of that same event.
The memory is of two types, explicit and implicit (See Figure 1). Explicit memory is very factual, and it is episodic. So for every event: the what, where, when, how of that experience is explicit memory. It is more to do with you know, what did you see? What did you hear? Who was there? How old were you with the factual data of that event? The explicit memory is usually registered by the child once the logical and conscious mind starts working. Explicit memory is also long-term memory, and it can change over time. This means the details of a particular event or a memory may change depending on how your perception and the belief system change over time.
Figure 1 – Types of memory
On the contrary, implicit memory is a more deeply rooted memory. In fact, implicit memory starts getting recorded much before birth. So while the child is in the mothers’ tummy the child already has started recording the sounds, the emotions as well as, physical sensations that are experienced in the mother’s womb. And this forms the implicit memory. Implicit memory is essentially all our body experiences related to that particular event, and this is a long term memory, so implicit memory doesn’t change over time, which is why sometimes a particular event may be forgotten by you. or you have no recollection whatsoever of what had happened in that particular event, but your body will still have the physical responses to that event stored inside and in future, when a trigger comes it’s the implicit memory is going to give a response and the body is going to respond in a certain way. So implicit memory is long-term and it does not change over time.
Most of our fears, phobias and, unconscious behavior patterns come from our implicit memory and, in therapy when we tried to work with the client’s fears, phobias or, traumatic memories of the past, we oftentimes have to work with both implicit and explicit memories. Implicit memories are worked upon using various techniques that cover Gestalt, bodywork, NLP, clinical hypnotherapy as well as regression techniques.
The Release Reframe Toolkit (Figure 2) that we use at Wellness Space covers modalities that enable us to work with changes in implicit memories as well as the explicit memories and this process is called memory reconsolidation. So this process helps our client who come to us with anxiety, fear or phobias, panic attacks, or sometimes they have anger issues, or they have these unexplainable responses to people and situations, and then we go back, understand these implicit, explicit memories and change them help them to overwrite these. Then it brings about a change in their behavior. So this is how, as a therapist, it is very important for us to understand the role of implicit and explicit memories in our behavior in our development and how we can use so many different techniques to overwrite and change this. In order to help our clients be more functional in order to help they transform their lives.
This idea is covered in Module 4 of Integrated Regression Therapy & Life Coaching Certification where we include more on the “Perspective on Memory and Regression Therapy”