Psychologists who have studied memory and forgetfulness attribute such things to various factors, including organic brain damage and cognitive deficits that are produced by developmental disabilities. Learn about repressed memories with help from a licensed mental health counselor in this free video on psychology.
Hi my name is John Bosworth. I'm a licensed mental health counselor in St. Pete, Florida. I would like to talk a little bit about the psychological theories of forgetting. The psychological theories of forgetting is kind of an interesting phenomenon. I would like to think that when people are interesting in the idea of forgetting, we're probably, most people are probably talking about when we are stressed or maybe overworked and we've got too much going on and we kind of maybe pay attention to one thing more than the other and to the exclusion of the other and maybe forget something but on a professional or a psychological level there are some things that can contribute to forgetting. One of the main things is if there is any kind of organic brain damage or any kind of cognitive deficit that is produced by either a developmental disability or organic brain damage. In a situation like that forgetting may be a part of the person's life, they may have to adjust to that, they may have to write things down, they may have to have somebody be with them and make sure that they don't forget certain things that are kind of life threatening, leaving the stove on or something that is really important like that but for the most part forgetting can occur in different contexts. Forgetting occurs within as I spoke before in organic or within a cognitive deficit then there is probably not much we can do on a psychological or cognitive behavioral or therapy level to really address that. It might be more medication and kind of home situational management, that kind of thing might work a little bit better but with some other types of forgetting there is the notion of repressed memory. A lot of people say well he repressed it or you put that memory out of your mind. There is some research that indicates that that is not, it's not really an accurate portrayal. Some people will actually forget something and a psychologist from a psychoanalytic point of view might say that the person didn't really forget it they repressed it or whatever because it was too traumatic but the evidence is pretty sketchy on repressed memory so to speak. So most of the time kids, if they are traumatized, if there is something going on we tend to just forget about it or we tend to forget it because new information is taking up most of the brain's capacity. Besides those two areas most people at some point in their lives tend to forget a little bit based on if their stress levels are up higher or if they have a lot going on or if there is a lot of stressors in their life. So that's kind of three areas where we have to look at and try to assess why people are forgetting. My name is John Bosworth and we're talking about psychological theories of forgetting.