USEFUL TO KNOW MEMORIES AS ‘GHOSTS FROM THE PAST’ ARTICLE 1 [MENTAL HEALTH]
MEMORIES AS ‘GHOSTS FROM THE PAST’
When you are
feeling depressed you may have very distressing memories
from key times in your life which seem to provide strong evidence for your negative beliefs. These are likely to be times when you felt intensive emotions such as sadness , shame or anger . Such moments may become ‘ negative self-defining memories ‘ that when viewed through the dark lens of depression , seem to prove or reinforce your negative views of yourself.
For instance, Michael had a very strong memory of pushing a frail old lady when he was working as a cleaner in a hospital . He felt terrible shame about this memory and believed himself to be a very nasty person because of it . He did not remember that the lady had been angry and confused at the time , that she had been pulling at…
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