Be careful when recovering lost memories

Be careful about hypnotists who want to help you recover lost memories and investigate your past. It is easy to come up with a supposed memory while you are hypnotized. And the memories that people come up with are so convincingly real that there is no doubt in their mind that the event did happen. However, a large percentage of memories retrieved under hypnosis are false. They never happened.

The mind can play tricks about memories. I get many requests to help people find hidden items – “where did I put that ring before we left on vacation. I know it’s somewhere in the house,” and “I hid the money inside one of my books and it will take me days to shake out every book in the bookcases.” I can’t help these folks. The solution they believe will reveal itself will probably not be accurate.

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