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Memory is a mind-challenging subject that has been eluding scientists for years. There are augments to be made from both sides of the scientific table. But, most people would agree that recovering your memories after many years can be daunting and often times leads to recovering false memories. It has also been proven that memories can be implanted into one's brain and subsequently become part of one's "memory." Recovering memory under hypnosis, however, is the most dangerous type of memory retrieval. Hypnosis has a high chance of leading one produce confabulations and exaggerations. The methods use while one is not conscious may seem like a good idea, but it cannot be proven that the things one remembers under hypnosis came from the source of which one is feeling great pain from. In recent years memory has come into play in adults trying to discover events from their childhood. They often had heard so much about it that they make up a story of their own to give cause for their unhappiness as an adult. If I were approached by a friend of mine who asked me what I thought about uncovering memories through hypnosis, I would tell him to be careful and be wary of what he "discovers." Under hypnosis a person is very suggestible and that can lead to some interesting "revelations" if you're not careful. Give the hypnotist a list of questions that you would like to have asked to you while under hypnosis. If you are sure that you weren't abused as a child then refrain from talking about it if at all possible. Stories of sexual abuse often come out when one is under the hypnotic trance of a hypnotist. It has been shown that people under hypnosis can be told things and they will believe them to... ... middle of paper ... ... Strategic. Associative retrieval can be characterized by the triggered by certain automatically by a certain object or what somebody says. The action is involuntary and is epitomized by vivid reactions. Strategic recollection is voluntary and quite laborious. This is the kind of retrieval that you would go through if trying to remember what you did on a Wednesday night six weeks ago. Overall, I would inform my friend of the dangers of going into hypnosis and that he should really think about whether his past or his childhood is really what is causing him to be unhappy. If he does indeed decide to go through with it, he should think about the results and really consider if they could be possible and if in fact they are. He should do some background work once he has visited the therapist. I would tell him to be skeptical of what he is told about his life.

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