Chapter 14

Dissociative Experiences

Set C

Psychodynamic Therapy

Therapeutic approach which focuses on procedures designed to bring repressed thoughts and memories into consciousness where they can be effectively dealt with.

Reconstructive Memory

A concept of a cognitive theory of dissociative symptoms which argues that an individual autobiographical memory is stored as a series of discrete elements associated with that experience (e.g. context, emotional state, sensory and perceptual features).

Reality Monitoring

A form of source monitoring required to distinguish mental contents arising from experience from those arising from imagination.

Sodium Amobarbital

A drug which can be used concurrently with hypnotherapy to help clients recall past events.

Sodium Pentobarbital

A drug which can be used concurrently with hypnotherapy to help clients recall past events.

Psychodynamic Theories

Forms of therapy which attempt to reveal unconscious conflicts that may be causing psychopathology.

Repression

A basic psychodynamic defence mechanism that helps to suppress painful memories and prevent stressful thoughts.

Selective Amnesia

A memory disturbance where an individual can recall some, but not all, of the events during a specific time period (e.g. a combat veteran may be able to recall some events during a violent military encounter, but not others).