August 13th, 2015

If fond memories of an early love weren’t tempered by the knowledge of a disastrous breakup, or if recollections of difficult times weren’t offset by knowledge that things worked out in the end, we might not reap the benefits of these hard-earned life lessons…Nader suggests that reconsolidation may be the brain’s mechanism for recasting old memories in the light of everything that has happened since. Greg Miller describing the research of Karim Nader, McGill University

By Ron Nakamoto

This article describes new research on how the brain reconsolidates memories. In other words, we can and do rewrite some of our stories about our past. The article speculates on the potential positive impact this knowledge can have on post traumatic stress sufferers. I’d like to suggest that a similar process might be beneficial to anyone who has suffered setbacks or traumatic events in their past. In other words, nearly everyone.

Empowered Wealth’s TimeMap experience is one method of identifying past events that potentially can be “reconsolidated” into sources of greater learning and wisdom. Combining this learning and wisdom with an awareness of our current lived values has the potential to heighten our self-awareness and self-knowledge as we move forward towards the future.


How Our Brains Make Memories
Surprising new research about the act of remembering may help people with post-traumatic stress disorder

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