If you've read the page on this site about Episodic Memory (EM for short) you may have started to realise that when we think about anything, the first place our mind tends to go to is the dominant Emotional Imprint or EI we have, for that type of experience (memory is state related) . Now we tend to like to put things in boxes by labeling them, after which we often don't bother to re-examine them. This means that quite often our opinions and feelings about things (including our selves) tend to come prepackaged, labelled and often unexamined and at the roots of this information are our (often outdated) EM's.
What's been said above not only applies to our ideas about who and what we think we are, it also applies to what we believe we're capable of.
NLP will often say that our behaviours are driven by different parts of us. I believe a more accurate way of explaining this is episodic memory. If an episodic memory with a strong emotional imprint has not been integrated or updated,, whenever it is triggered a person will be operating out of the identity, resources, and understanding they had at the age the memory was created, despite the fact that they may have learned many better ways of doing things since that time.
As said before a simple way of checking this is to ask what age you feel as you remember the event. If you feel the age of the younger you in the memory, then this will qualify it as a memory which will be informing your experience when referenced for dealing with present situations, causing you to respond in a way that is out of proportion or inappropriate to your current life circumstances and current age.
IEMT facilitates the introduction of new information into the experience in the form of fresh understandings, resources and a new perspective allowed by the age progression of the identity within the memory, which was previously ‘stuck’ at the age when the memory was first laid down.
See the page on episodic memory for more information
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