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Lack of Trust: How to Start Trusting Again

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

by BoomerYearbook.com

Lack of trust can kill any relationship. If a partner has cheated in the past or has a habit of lying then the inability to trust them is understandable. In fact in such cases the entire relationship may have to be re-evaluated. However, if one of the partners constantly doubts the other’s fidelity without having any justified reason to do so, then lack of trust is not just unfair to the other person but can also have disastrous consequences for the relationship.

If you find yourself constantly questioning your partner’s affections and motives, have a habit of cross checking their claims and statements with a third person, spy on them for no reason and have frequent arguments over your mistrusting nature, then you may be suffering from a chronic lack of trust. You are probably aware that your lack of trust has nothing to do with your partner; it’s like a bad habit, which has become a part of your personality. But the problem is that your habit probably hurts your partner more than you realize and before you know your relationship will start falling apart right in front of your eyes.

Causes of lack of trust

Your habit of mistrusting people who profess to love you could have its roots in your past. The following are some of the most common causes of this problem:

Emotional hurt—If in any of your previous relationships your partner cheated on you and you felt deeply hurt by the betrayal, it is possible that you moved on to the next relationship, without resolving your feelings. In such a case you might constantly compare your present partner with your ex and use your “lack of trust” as a defense mechanism against heartbreak.

History of betrayal- If you have been too naive and trusting in the past, it’s possible a lot of people may have taken you for a ride. This may have forced you to move to the other extreme of mistrusting anyone who tries to come close to you.

Childhood trauma- The experiences we go through as children play a huge role in shaping our personalities. If as a child you witnessed a parent’s infidelity or a bitter divorce, chances are that you will grow up into a person with a deep mistrust for people who profess to love you.

Conditioning- If a child is brought up by a single parent who was at receiving end of betrayal by his her partner; it’s possible that the parent might have unconsciously passed on generalized negative beliefs about the opposite sex to the child.

Low self esteem- A person suffering from low self-esteem might feel that they do not deserve the attention, care, and concern of anyone. They therefore have problems trusting the positive, healthy, and loving behavior of people around them and their negative self-talk forces them to look for an ulterior motive behind the most sincere actions.

How to start trusting again

If you can identify with any of these problems and want to learn to trust people again, without the constant fear of being taken advantage of, you need to let go of the past and make a fresh start. Practicing positive affirmations is one of the simplest ways to unlearn the old and learn a new way of living.

Positive Affirmations:

Your beliefs are a result of your repeated past experiences which cause conditioned patterns and perceptions. Positive affirmations involve persistently exposing yourself to new ideas, till your mind absorbs them as new internalized belief systems. The following affirmations will help you unlearn old patterns and accept new ideas about life and yourself.

Stand in front of a mirror and repeat each affirmation at least 30-40 times daily. A better idea would be to focus on one affirmation for a week and then move to the next one.

“I love and accept myself the way I am”

“I deserve to love and to be loved”

“It’s safe for me to love people and allow them to love me”

“I feel safe and trust the process of life to bring me the best, because that’s what I deserve”

“I let go of the past and welcome the future with open arms”

Practice these affirmations till they become a part of your new belief system.

When you refuse to trust people you stop life from bringing forth the possibilities of love and happiness that could be in store for you. When you live in fear of being let down, you miss the opportunity to love and feel loved. Give life a chance, after all it’s better to find love and lose it than live without knowing how beautiful love is.

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Baby Boomers Guide to Toxic Children

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Baby Boomers Guide to Toxic Children

Baby Boomers Guide to Toxic Children

Psychological Articles by Boomeryearbook.com

Of course there are no toxic children: only toxic parents. Psychological articles cover the subject of toxicity in a variety of guises and hosts. The most distressing of these is the presence of toxic behavior in children, which is just another description for appalling manners really. We all know where the fault of bad manners in children lays – firmly with the parents.

Poor parenting is the modern disease for which there is seemingly no cure, only a program of optimistic improvement. Psychological articles that research poor parenting and its effects on children nearly always attribute poor parenting skills to the upbringing that parent received as a child, and so the vicious circle goes on and on…

There is an undeniable connection in psychological articles that bad parents come from other bad parents. Each generation passes on an ugly legacy of bad behavior to the next, each one justifying the toxic effect with the excuse, “That’s the way I was brought up and it didn’t do me any harm…” which is, of course, nonsense.

Children respond to love, kindness, routine and gentle discipline. Toxic children need not remain so and can be encouraged into a world where civil behavior is the new order of the day quite easily with careful attention and plenty of affection. Psychological articles on the prescribed manner of dealing with naughty children often recommend a policy of tolerance as a start. However, this often imparts the wrong message, especially to very young children with limited understanding.

Very young children understand only what is allowed or not allowed, as the case may be. There is no need to explain the reason why Junior is not permitted to pull Grandma’s earrings off. He just is not allowed to. End. People who must take on the unenviable task of correcting toxic behavior in children need to understand that negotiation with the very young can lead to a lack of confidence in authority. Psychological articles clearly outline the benefits of gentle authority, which encourages the child to rely upon instructions from that person and know them to be a reliable source of affection and understanding.

Toxic behavior comes in all kinds of unpleasant packages: shouting; arguing; throwing things; temper tantrums; rudeness; lying; the list is endless, unfortunately. Almost all of these ghastly characteristics are exhibited by parents as well as children and probably more often. The trick is to eliminate the problems from the parents and the children will benefit by association.

Psychological articles that target the difficulties of toxic children nearly always begin with the inadequacies of the parents involved. Parenting skills are at the heart of most of the toxic problems suffered by children and parents need to be re-trained in these skills before a significant improvement can be expected.

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Are Baby Boomers a Narcissistic Generation? The Boomers Magic Mirror

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Baby Boomers Narcissistic Magic Mirrors

Baby Boomers Narcissistic Magic Mirrors

Psychological Articles by Boomeryearbook.com

Baby boomers were born in the aftermath of the Second World War. Parents of older, strong>baby boomers were survivors of a conflict worse than anything the World had seen before. Men serving in the armed forces came home after a long and harsh exposure to violence and horror and immediately set about having as good a life as they could afford and paying some attention to the family life they had dreamed of for so long.

Family life included producing ‘baby boomers’ and taking steps to ensure that Junior would never have to suffer the horrors of war. Parents strove to provide a comfortable home filled with every affordable luxury. As a result, baby boomers were raised in a charmed environment to a certain extent, in sharp contrast to the hardships their parents had to tolerate.

When parents invest a great deal of time convincing their children that they are the most important creatures in the World, eventually the children start to believe it and this is the seed inadvertently sown by parents of narcissistic children. Such children grow up in an atmosphere of over-indulgence, are given the best that their parents can afford and in general might be over weaned in terms of being materially spoiled. Baby boomers fall into the category of being spoiled as a generation of kids that grew up in secure surroundings, being raised by parents who were determined to give their offspring all the best things in life that the war precluded in recent years.

As baby boomers developed, childhood spoiling overlapped into teenage indulgence and eventually the baby boomer executive emerged as an exacting and demanding employer, accustomed to getting what he wanted, when he wanted it. Narcissism, in the case of baby boomers, is inflicted rather than inherent, by over enthusiastic parents with a steely determination to see their children succeed and seize every possible chance of being high achievers.

Well, why not? Surely, it is human nature to want the best from life? Certainly it is, but boomers, through being raised by parents hungry to see them succeed at all cost in some way lost a gentility of spirit present in the previous generation and in the one that followed.

Baby boomers reach fifty and immediately remind everyone they are elderly and require help and they manage to get in one way or another, sometimes at the expense of a less capable, albeit younger, family member.

Elderly boomers will usually follow the course that benefits them the most; the line of action that affords them an advantage over a competitor or even over other family members; the most profitable option for them; the selfish route that might be the most inconvenient for someone else but which gives boomer what he or she wants. They cannot help it: they were raised with magic mirrors.

The Psychological Article on Are Baby Boomers a Narcissistic Generation? is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of baby boomers psychological coaching tips and how to alleviate elderly problems. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.
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A Baby Boomers Look at Some Causes of Personality Disorders

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Multiple Faces of Personality

Multiple Faces of Personality

A Psychological Article by Boomeryearbook.com

You may have seen movies or television shows depicting those with personality disorders as someone with pretty bizarre symptoms and a very disturbed mind. Perhaps you’ve thought that this psychological disorder could never happen to you or anyone you love. In this psychological article we will take a hard look at the causes of personality disorder.

As all you Baby Boomers out there are aware, some of us did not grow up in a “Ward and June Cleaver” household. Maybe there was some fighting, yelling or even violence. Below is a checklist of various factors, which can contribute to personality disorders. This psychological article will discuss how these childhood traumas can develop over time into what the American Psychiatric Associations Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV) describes as personality disorders.

1. Was there fighting, yelling or violence in your childhood?
2. Did you feel unsettled much of the time? Like anything could happen; an environment in which there was no sense of stability.
3. Did you grow up with parents that you were ashamed of for some reason? Maybe they were lazy or alcoholic or even abusive.
4. Did you suffer from verbal, physical or sexual abuse?

These are some of the main factors that can take root in a child and manifest later in life as a personality disorder. This psychological article explains how this can happen.

The traumatic events named above occur while we are still children. We are not fully developed. Our minds, hearts, personalities are still very fragile. As children we are like sponges. We absorb whatever’s around us.

Violence or abuse can distort our self-image. We begin a life long journey of figuring out who we are except that we base our findings and conclusions on erroneous information. Many psychological articles explain this in great detail but the bottom line is that in order to grow into healthy adults without personality problems human children need to be told by those they trust that they are good, beautiful people with something valuable to contribute.

Children need constant affirmation as they are growing up. All psychological articles agree upon this. When they don’t receive healthy affirmation of who they are, they begin to develop a self image that is distorted. They begin to believe they are worthless and have nothing to contribute. They have no purpose or destiny. They struggle their whole lives with low self-esteem.

Most psychological articles additionally conclude that co-comittant depression will very often develop out of this type of childhood. Now you have several different psychological disorders that you’re dealing with and no understanding of why you feel this way or why your life has gone in this negative direction.

At this point in someone’s life, all it takes is a catalyst in order to develop a personality disorder. These can come in a variety of sizes and shapes and most psychological articles agree that it largely depends on the type and severity of abuse you received as a child. Here are a few catalysts that can trigger a personality disorder:

1. A friend or loved one is suddenly killed.
2. Your spouse betrays you by cheating or doing something completely unexpected that stuns you.
3. A friend or family member suffers some type of violence such as rape.
4. You are the victim of some type of violent act.
5. You are abandoned by those who love you.

This is just a partial list in most psychological articles but Baby Boomers have lived long enough to have seen a lot of stuff like that in their lives. It takes a harsh toll on us as humans to see someone we love suffer or even to have something of this nature happen in your own life and have no one to walk thru the Valley of the Shadow of Death with you.

Psychological articles suggest that along with the development of personality disorders these are triggers that in some extreme cases, can cause a second personality or multi personalities to develop. The old fulfillment of the adage that if you can’t deal with what has happened or you aren’t strong enough and you have no one to lean on, your unconscious mind can create an alternate personality to help share the traumatic burdens.

Psychological articles inform us that this secondary, or split off part of the original self, can display more adaptive, stronger, or “more heavily psychologically guarded” coping skills that protects the vulnerable aspect of the person’s wounded emotional makeup. The primary personality can “hide” behind the new personality which has the palliative effective of allowing the person to withdraw from pain through this extreme escape mechanism.

This Psychological Article on A Baby Boomers Look at Some Causes of Personality Disorders
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The Health Benefits of Honey and Cinnamon

Saturday, April 18th, 2009

Pscyhological Articles on Benefits of Honey and Cinnamon

Pscyhological Articles on Benefits of Honey and Cinnamon

Psychological Articles on Elderly Problems

by Boomeryearbook.com

Honey and cinnamon have a long tradition as herbal remedies for numerous conditions. Honey in particular has been presented in psychological articles as a cure-for-all in many problems like heart disease, arthritis, stomach ailments etc. Additionally, anectodal information in psychological articles has claimed that when used with cinnamon, the combination greatly increases the scope and power of honey. Moreover, recent research in psychological articleshas shown that eating honey in moderate amounts doesn’t increase the probability of getting diabetes. In 1985 the Canadian magazine Weekly World News listed conditions and problems that respond positively to treatment with a combination of honey and cinnamon.

Heart Problems and Arthritis:

The above mentioned psychological article stated that honey and cinnamon both have properties that provide protection from heart problems and arthritis. Honey decreases the amount of hardened cholesterol in arteries thereby reducing the chances of a heart attack, and for those who have suffered a heart attack, if used regularly, it protects from further attacks. One of the elderly problems we face as we grow older is that arteries and veins become weaker, and it has been shown that honey can be revitalizing.

Psychological articles have also informed us that Arthritis has also been shown to significantly improve with regular usage of honey and cinnamon. It is recommended that ideally the honey and cinnamon combination should be taken in a cup of hot water with a half a teaspoon of cinnamon and two of honey. In a study at Copenhagen University, seventy three patients of a total of 200 were cured of their Arthritis while the rest experienced significant relief!

Stomach problems and flu.

Generally stomach problems are helped significantly by honey. Bladder infections respond immediately to honey if mixed with warm water and taken in liquid form as psychological articles have long told of the power of honey to destroy germs in the bladder. The same combination of drinking honey and cinnamon also works well with colds, flu. Psychological articles have advised to use one quarter teaspoon of cinnamon added to the honey to help coughs and blocked sinuses. Honey is also known to work well on stomach ulcers and reduces pain and gas when used with cinnamon and psychological articles as well as folklore has informed us that honey and cinnamon can easily eliminate bad breath.

Immune system and longevity

Psychological articles have stated that both honey and cinnamon have been proven to strengthen the immune system of viral and bacterial infections, and that when taken together the ingredients that have large amounts of natural minerals in the form of vitamins and iron, greatly help white blood cells fight disease, although existing in synthetic form, the combination of elements in honey has a greater effect. Furthermore, psychological articles report that this increased immune response from taking honey and cinnamon also enhances general health as well as longevity. Used in combination with a healthy lifestyle, (daily usage of 3 or 4 times a day) of both ingredients has been recommended to help eliminate many elderly problems, to maintain good health and live a longer life.

Skin problems

Due to its antibiotic properties, honey used in pastes to cover rashes and other skin problems has a relieving and healing effect. Common problems such as pimples, which psychological articles tell us honey can remove from their roots, usually respond particularly well. More serious infections like eczema, ringworm etc. have also been shown to have significant positive effects and sometimes, psychological articles report them as cured.

Weight loss, anti-carcinogenic and fatigue

Psychological articles have documented that fat formation is prevented if one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon mixed into a cup of boiled water is routinely taken before breakfast and before bed, as it helps reduce weight- even in obese people! Furthermore, in some instances, honey and cinnamon have been shown to be an effective anti-cancer remedy resulting partly from their ability to strengthen the immune system as well as their cleansing qualities. Likewise, apathy, fatigue and increases in strength have been reported in psychological articles from the regular usage of honey and cinnamon taken in equal part. Research has shown that a tablespoon of honey sprinkled with powder made from cinnamon is an effective single dosage.

The Psychological Article on The Benefits of Honey and Cinnamon is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on Elderly problems. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.

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Dove Campaign Showing 50 + Women Goes off Air

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Ageism as a possible type of discrimination in ending "Dove's 50 +" Women's advertising

By Boomeryearbook.com

We are all consumers. Whether we want to it admit it or not we are perpetuating, in one way or another, the monster industries out there. Once in a while though there comes along a company, or an advertisement campaign, or a certain angle that a company will take that you admire. Dove’s recent pro-age campaign is admirable. While it has come under a lot of criticism for objectifying women, even though they’re above 50, you have to admit that the campaign was such a breather from everything else out there. Of course the motive behind companies is to make a profit. Dove’s pro-age campaign for women above 50 cites many reasons for their drive for “real beauty”, all of which you can see on their website. Their advertisements have been banned in the U.S. for- hold your breath- showing too much skin. Women are shown au natural in strategic poses showing off their ‘normalcy’.

In 2006, Dove started the “Dove Self Esteem Fund” whose purpose was to be an “agent of change” to help expand the definition of beauty. Dove’s drive to manufacture “pro-age” products as an answer to the growing array of anti-aging ranges out there was a master stroke. Yes, they do all want the same thing, i.e. to have you buy the product. But the small degree of reality that Dove brought to its commercials was a breather. Yes, you can argue that Unilever, Dove’s parent company, produces a wide selection of products that actually go against Dove’s purported aims of trying to promote natural beauty. While that may be true, what Boomer Yearbook wants to talk about in this psychological article the advertisement and why it was taken off air?

The commercial (which can be seen anywhere on the internet, including Dove’s

Feminists argue that the use of female nudity is a type of discrimination and shouldn’t be allowed to sell any product, no matter what the motives behind the product are. As psychological articles have said over and over, sex sells advertising, it’s all a game and the game is to make money. We at Boomer Yearbook gave Dove credit for coming up with a wonderful demonstration of real baby boomer women. As far as ads go, the baby boomer women we asked thought it was a great ad; and we think pulling it off the air was done as an ageist type of discrimination against showing non air brushed, non young, but very real and appealing baby boomer women. If boards know what is best for women and children then the first ads to go should be the countless others out there blatantly objectifying women and not Dove’s elegant classy advertisements.

We at Boomer Yearbook are hurt and offended that Dove has pulled these ads. We’d love to hear what you think.

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The Baby Boomers Defined

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Baby Boomers Defined

Baby Boomers Defined

By Boomeryearbook.com

Baby Boomers Defined are those individuals who were born after the Second World War and prior to the Vietnam War (1946-1964) - a time when economic prosperity was at its highest. Prior to the boom in birth rates, for both financial and logistical reasons, many couples delayed marrying, and many married couples held off on having babies during the years of the great depression and World War II. Along with the end of the war and accompanying economic surge, there was a sudden, previously unheard of boost in the birth rate; defined baby boomers. The war was over, husbands and lovers returned from battle, economic growth provided people the opportunity to attend college and obtain higher paying jobs, maintain a higher standard of living and support more children.

There are plenty of classifications for the term “baby boomer defined” and none of the definitions are entirely incorrect. Some authors and experts on the subject choose to define baby boomers on the basis of their characteristics, but a greater majority of the experts rightly classify them according to the years during which they were born. Thus it is generally accepted that “Baby Boomers Defined” are those born in the period between 1945 and 1957, and “Shadow Boomers” or “Echo Boomers” are those born between the years 1958 and 1984.

The baby boomer defined generation was also responsible for the rapid growth in the infrastructure of the country. Because of the sudden boost in the population, many defined baby boomers had to move out of the cities and into the suburbs which prompted the rapid construction of shopping malls, hospitals, schools and houses etc. Unlike any previous generation, the baby boomer defined generation had great influence on society and because of their greater majority they were able to boldly defy the rigid norms and customs of their parents and grandparents. This defiance and rebellion was mirrored in their opinions, behavior, preferences to music, fashion and political activism. The rift between the baby boomer defined generation and the previous generation was undoubtedly huge and this gap was elegantly mirrored in the 70’s catchphrase, “don’t trust anyone above 30”.

The baby boomer defined generation fearlessly grew their hair long, listened to rock music, took lots of drugs and never shied away from non-marital sex. This freedom of spirit was mainly because of the fact that the baby boomer defined generation lived in a time of economic prosperity and thus they had fewer economic worries. Back then there were ongoing cultural wars between children and their parents, each accusing the other for moral indiscipline and being untrue to oneself.

The baby boomer defined generation today is up against the wall as the American and global economy is in downward spiral. The life of the defined baby boomers has been one that triggered many social and economic changes and the financial situation faced today is another chance for the defined baby boomers to reinvent themselves and come out victorious. History is witness to the fact that the baby boomers defined have the knack, experience, passion and mindset to pull off greatness – Can they do it again? That’s a question only the defined baby boomers can answer.

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Being Able To Balance Old and New Friendships

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Friends: Discovering the new and staying connected to the old

Friends: Discovering the new and staying connected to the old

By Boomeryearbook.com

As Baby Boomers retire and decide to move to other cities they come to the realization that they will be leaving friends and family behind. For some, that alone can be a deterrent. They fear that they will not be able to live the same happy lives filled with the loved ones they are close to. But moving does not have to be the end of those relationships and finding new friends is not as hard as it may seem. There are a number of things Boomers can do to ensure that you won’t be faced with the prospect of being lonely in your new hometown or becoming disconnected from your old friends.

Staying Connected

Moving away from the friends and family that are dear to you can cause anyone to have second thoughts. They may feel that the relationship will not be the same. The internet is one of the greatest ways to continue the friendships with those you’ve left behind. You can e-mail back and forth and send pictures and video. Technologically hip Baby Boomers can even see them on their webcams. If you are not computer savvy, then talking on the phone and writing letters are just as effective. It would also be great to take trips back to visit them and/or invite them to visit your new home. Staying in contact with friends and family can help you settle into your new life without feeling lonely and/or alone.

Making New Friends

For some making new friends can be as hard as moving away from the old ones. You may feel so strange and vulnerable, unsure of where to go and who to associate with. It does not have to be like that. Making new friends is a great way to settle in and find out more about your new town. A great way to start is by introducing yourself to your neighbors and getting to know who lives around you. They can introduce you to other people and places where you can meet other people. Use the local news paper as a resource to find different events that you may be interested in attending. You can even meet people in the supermarket. Just be open and inviting and finding friends will be a breeze.

No Worries

So if and when you do decide to move, remember there is no need to panic. The rest of your days should be filled with less stress and worry. It is not the end of the world if you do not know anyone at first. Remember to not forget those you’ve left behind and if you are willing to explore, you will find that in no time you will be right at home in your new town.

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How Unique Dreams & Their Symbolism can be..

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Snake Dreams

Snake Dreams

By Courtenay Turner for Boomeryearbook.com

As a dream analyst I often encounter people who ask me to provide
answers to what specific things in their dreams mean. They want me to
respond much like a human dictionary. For instance they will say
“what does it mean when I see a snake in my dream?” They then look to
me hoping I will say “it means you will have money fall into your
hands soon, or that you cannot trust your loved one” etc.
Unfortunately I don’t believe it is this simple at all. Perhaps this
is fortunate because it provides much more specific insight when we
really delve into what these symbols mean to us as individuals.

The reason I cannot provide a universal response to what snakes, or
lightning, or falling or anything else means is because we all come
from such diverse backgrounds and life experiences that mold our views
on the things we may see in our dreams. Let’s take the snake example.
Personally I am terrified of snakes, but I have friends who think they
are beautiful, powerful, have them as pets etc. When I dream of a
snake it will mean something very different for me then when they
dream of a snake.

You may be wondering if there is no universal dream dictionary how on
earth do I decipher the meaning of my dreams. I encourage you to
firstly write down your dreams. This will help you to remember them
more clearly, and to use them as a tool for self discovery. When you
are analyzing various symbols or situations in your dreams, ask
yourself how you would describe the symbol both in the dream and in
life and examine where in your life you see such a description. Here
is an example: again back to snakes. I would describe snakes as
terrifying, toxic, and powerful. Then I would ask myself what in my
life or what part of myself do I think is like a snake which I
described as being “terrifying, toxic and powerful”.

The beautiful thing about dreams being such a unique metaphor for all
of us is that the symbolism and meanings may vary not only from person
to person but even at different times in our lives. If tomorrow I
have a positive experience with a snake and tomorrow night I dream about a
snake, it may have a new meaning than it would have for me tonight. I
look forward to all of you unlocking the key to you lives through your
unconscious nightly reveries!

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Boomers, You Might Soon Be Able To Get Rid Of Your Bad Memories

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

erase-memory
By Boomeryearbook.com
How many times do you wish you could forget that horrible memory that just keeps haunting your dreams? We all have those moments in our lives that we try very hard to forget. Well, good news!! You might not have to try too hard in the near future.
Eleven neuroscience researchers, ten from the United States and one from the Czech Republic, have identified a particular enzyme that they think may be directly associated with the storage of unpleasant memories. This enzyme is called PKMzeta. In December, 2008, the researchers think it is highly possible that if they injected an inhibitor into the PKMzeta enzyme, it could erase all or most of your bad memories.
Your brain is like a computer except in the way it stores and processes information. While the computer uses a hard disk to store information, a central procession unit (CPU) does all the processing. Your brain, on the other hand, stores and processes information in the same place. It is based on this knowledge that these researchers decided see if there are different cells (neurons) that do different functions.
One of the researchers, Dr. Andre Fenton of SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York City, said that PKMzeta was found to store memories that were very highly detailed; however, those that we treasure were not distinguishable from those we would like to put into the trash. Dr. Fenton, also, stated that should this procedure become fully developed, some seriously debilitating negative memories could be targeted and erased to free the person who had the experience. He noted, also, that this procedure could be used to treat depression, stress and addiction among other mental and/or emotional problems.
At this stage of research, it is found that using the inhibitor consistently goes a long way in erasing memories in the neocortex of the brain where the PKMzeta is located. Your long-term memories formerly considered stable and permanent could be gone within a flash. The experiments that were performed revealed that with consistent application of a PKMzeta inhibitor, these memories are quickly erased.
The nature of how your brain works might present some challenges for the researchers in the future as they have to learn how to identify the cells that store unpleasant memories and those that store pleasant memories. There are still tests that need to be done to determine whether the destruction of a human brain cell will have any adverse effects on the person.
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