Research has shown that no matter how good our memory is. It isn’t strong enough to recall old events or trauma in full detail. So what are we actually remembering? More important when we think about or tell some one about what happened, the brain edits the original event slightly with each time it is retold.
Think about that for a minute.
Each time it’s remembered our brain and our emotional attachment to the event grows stronger connections between brain cells called neurons. These circuitry get embedded in our brain cells through repetition.
According to Karim Nader PhD, a neuroscientist at McGill University in Montreal says “it maybe impossible for humans or any other animal to bring a memory to mind without altering it in some way”1.
So what we recall, plus or minus a slight change, our story is born. The “story” can create excuses for doing or not doing something. Pain or emotional overload can become the roots of a deeply hidden driver behind the pain story. Often times, the more often we think about the pain the story deepens so does the pain.