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Context Is Everything
by Susan Engel
For the participants in a trial, a memory expressed from the witness stand must hold the weight of fact. Its accuracy may be challenged and its purpose -- to contribute to the conviction or acquittal of the defendant -- is clear. In psychotherapy, the reason to remember is so well defined -- reflecting on the past helps the patient come to terms with it, one might say -- b ...more
Hardcover, 188 pages
Published March 31st 1999 by W.H. Freeman & Company
(first published March 1999)
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Good foundational content to support the more popular-audience title "Moonwalking with Einstein." Strong psychoanalytic and family-therapy bent, but written in an engaging style. Page 91: "No one sinply said, 'In that situation, at that time, I was a terrible person who did terrible things and so that is a prt of who I am.' Few people simply live with the feeling of dissonance, and memory provides us with an extraordinarily creative and potent tool for reducing dissonance about ourselves."