Emotional Memory Management

Do you ever experience an unwelcome flood of emotions when reminded of a particular person or event? Do you find yourself dragging up the past, and re-hashing old wrongs whenever you try to talk with a certain person? Our Consulting Clinical Psychologist Dr Carver — something of a specialist when it comes to Emotional Memory — offers an explanation of how it works, and a whole host of practical tips that anyone can use.

If you’ve visited our Ask the Psychologist column, you may have noticed that many of the questions we receive involve dealing with unwelcome memories — for example, of trauma, or abuse, of just plain bad relationships, or of other negative experiences of all kinds. Some years ago, our Consulting Clinical Psychologist Dr Carver wrote a paper on managing emotional memories, and his ideas have often proven useful for people posing questions like these.

I’m pleased to say that we’re now providing Dr Carver’s thought-provoking and eminently practical explanations and suggestions about dealing with emotional memory over in our psychological screening section — along with his work on identifying losers, controllers and abusers in relationships, and his well known article on Stockholm Syndrome.

So if you’ve followed Dr Carver’s responses to questions involving emotional memory, you can now read his main work on the topic right here — and even if you haven’t, I think it’s well worth a look. There’s something there for just about everyone.

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