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Traumatic Memories and Behavior In this chapter, we identify the link between traumatic memories and the formation of identity formation. Memory provides an interesting area of study for the understanding of human behavior. We first examine how autobiographical memories for traumatic events are encoded, or stored for the individual as a reference point. Then we identify how the individual life story is formed by traumatic event. Finally, how autobiographical memories influences an individuals behavior and goal formation. Autobiographical memories are made up of episodic memories, or memories for specific events in an individual’s life which are encoded. This process of encoding allows for memories to be stored in an abstract form or simpler form. For example, an individual will remember the gist of a specific event so the pieces are stored in manageable units in the brain for future use and retrieval. Traumatic events stored as autobiographical memories become a reference point for the individual. While the memory process is complex, we have a developed a means of storing memories in simpler units so they can be retrieved for later reference. An individual’s self-knowledge is stored as episodic memories of events that define the person’s life story. Simply put, this is how we identify ourselves in a narrative form. The episodes, or main events in our lives, are storied as autobiographical memories. For example, a person may identify with times in their life such as, “when I was in school” or “when I lived in Florida”. These are stored in a hierarchy of importance from major life events to simple moments in time. Memories of important milestones such as marriage, the birth of a child, and graduation from college are stored as reference points that
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identify a functional timeline. They are typically short recollections that help with recalling events at a later date. For example, if a person was asked about their time in
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