Negative Memories help us brace for the worst?
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|Wed, 02-09-2011 - 9:20am|
This article caused me some contemplation. If we experience something negative, we remember it less unpleasant if we think it won't happen again, but if we are told it will, the negative experience is remembered in an even more unpleasant light. We are bracing ourselves for the worst. (btw, pleasant experiences are remembered the same either way.)
Here is the article: http://www.medilexicon.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=215933
Remember all the horror of our kids' with bipolar or other severe psychiatric symptoms? It was like a roller coaster. Each time things got better seemed to me to make it even worse when they ineveitably worsened. Is that because we should have kept bracing for the worst? Bah - we were. That was when we were "waiting for the other shoe to drop." It was soooooooo stressful!
I am so relieved my kids are better!