Psychology was grounded in the belief that symptoms and manifestations were related to repressed or blocked off traumatic experiences. Pierre Janet developed the theory of Dissociation at the turn of the century. The theory purported that one part of the mind can function separately from others. Traumatic memories are divided into thoughts, feelings, and perceptions and are split off from ordinary consciousness .The dissociated memories return as a contemporary event as nightmares, physical sensations, obsessional preoccupation, anxiety reactions and behavioral reenactments. He believed that hypnosis could bring theses dissociated memories back to consciousness for healing. Over the last few decades, more and more attention has been paid to the past trauma’s continuing affects on people. The current research on trauma and dissociation is providing a sophisticated empirical understanding of the impact of traumatic events. * Herman writes in Trauma and Recovery, “As evidence of the central importance of dissociation in traumatic stress disorders has continued to accumulate, it has also become apparent that dissociation offers a window into consciousness, memory and the links between body and mind.”

 

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