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09 Feb 2006

CS, what i remember
i remember being 6 yrs old being very shy that i had no clothes on when i woke up and very sad that my pajamas i had gotten from my great uncle had dissapered, we looked everywhere and could not find them but i went to bed with pjs on, i think we found the shirt but not the pants in the bottom of the cupbord but i cant remember why i wouldnt have kept it. years later i had flashes of being in the toilet with someone sitting by the door huddled in a corner, and flashes of pjs in the outside bin, now my question is this all a dream that i had as a kid ( where are the pjs) and assuming not what the hell happened, i dont remember who was in the bathroom with me i was at a friends house sleeping over, ok so worst case is true then why cant i remember if worst case not true then whats up with memery and flashes. im realy confused about this it was round the same time the twich started.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

kat, it's really hard to sort out whether such "memories" are accurate memories of something that happened, a mix of accurate fragments of memory with other elements based on whatever you may have come to expect , or purely based on whatever you were expecting. For instance, such recollections could have been based on an experience of being molested ; or something entirely inncent, such as a partial recollection of an occasion when you may have wet the bed or soiled yourself, and your pj bottoms were taken away to be cleaned. Its much more complex than it may appear. Also relevant would be whether you have been reading or hearing about the sort of "memories" some people describe who later decide that they were molested, and whether you have been seeing some sort of counsellor who encouraged one or other sort of attempts to recall the past.
I'd get back to my usual approach here. What matters is not so much whatever may have happend back then, but what problems you may have right now, how best they may be helped, and whether any of these relate to assumptions and expectations you formed back then, and whether these could be fruitfully changed to more useful ones.
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