Have you ever asked yourself, ”What was I thinking?” after saying or doing something? Or made a decision, then wondered if you had lost your mind? Have there been times when your feelings about someone else’s actions or words confused you? Have you ever found yourself in a friendship or romantic relationship, and after a few weeks ask yourself what you ever saw in that person?
In each of these examples, decisions, feelings, or thoughts that seemed fine in the moment made no sense in hindsight. Today, we will look as a possible reason why.
Advances in neuroscience are beginning to offer scientific proof of what psychotherapists have believed all along: memories, feelings or thoughts from the past get activated in present experiences and relationships. When this happens, we will feel and think in ways that are influenced by previous events. Continue reading