Intentionally And Consciously To Delete Certain Parts Of Life?
I want to ask; Can someone when seeing a painful event, such as a murder or sexual assault, force their brain to forget the incident or not?
Hi Febria, thanks for asking at HealthReplies.com. Psychiatry as a branch of medical science is a complex and interesting science at the same time. In psychiatry, it is known as a defense mechanism or mental defense mechanism against conflicts that are faced throughout life. Some of them you may have heard of, such as:
Denial. Refuse to admit something. Like not wanting to admit that he was wrong, he was not accepted at a state university. Displacement. Transferring emotions that are aimed at an object, to another object that is judged to be weaker. Like angry with parents but vent to his sister. somatization. Turning psychological problems into physical problems. Like a student who is stressed when going to an exam becomes diarrhea. Repression. Suppress unpleasant events in the past by unconsciously forgetting. For example, a child whose parents hurt him as a child forgets when he was hurt.
So regarding your question, one cannot intentionally and consciously delete a certain part of their life that they don't like. But it is possible when the body unconsciously does it, in the form of a repression or repression defense mechanism.
But forgetting something isn't always the only answer to a bad or traumatic event. Because it is also known as one of the best defense mechanisms, namely sublimation, where in this defense mechanism a person is able to make peace with the conflicts he faces. Either in the present or in the past.
Seeing a murder or sexual assault may be a bad experience, but with sublimation, people who reconcile can learn from it to at least protect themselves from the incident. Better yet, the experience of seeing murder and sexual harassment for yourself can motivate a person to protect others from experiencing it.
This reconciliation can be achieved in various ways, the simplest is to reach maturity of mind, then you can do hypnotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocesing (EMDR), brainspotting, and other methods that you can discuss with your psychiatrist. I hope you and your family are always healthy.
That's all, hope it helps.
dr. Amadeo D Basfiansa