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The Problem of the Past: The Role of Memory1.What about the past can trouble us?Note:Memories are malleable and fallible.“Why do we then recall, recollect and think about only certain things out of all that we havestored in memory? . . . Memory shapes what happened; it puts a spin on what happened; italters the emphasis, changes the sequence, embellishes, exaggerates, ignores; it even inventsthings.”12.Typical responses to handling the past:a.The past is nothingb.The past is everythingc.Learn from the past3.Secular methodology for the past:a.The past is buried in your subconscious (Freud)b.The past determines your presentc.The past will inescapably control your futureNote: One recent work, Van Der Kolk,The Body Keeps the Score(2014) is influencing eventhe Christian community.I have mixed opinions concerning the book.4.Integrationist views on the pasta.Repressed memories –>human nature tries to forget what hurts, but humans also can’tseem to forget that which causes high emotions.1John Bettler, “Counseling and the Problem of the Past,”Journal of Biblical Counseling,Number 2, Winter1994, pg. 16.

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Bob Jones University, Journal of Biblical Counseling, The Unconscious, Dr Bruce Meyer, John F Bettler

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