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Psychotherapy, Memory and Memoir

Psychotherapy, Memory and Memoir

At the same time I sent a survey of essay questions to former missionary kids. The responses, along with therapy, triggered memories, as did attendance at Angola reunions and conversations with fellow children of missionaries. Letters written home while away at school were returned to me and I found old diaries. The act of talking and writing brought forth fuller memories, and eventually led to writing a memoir. Some have asserted that all memories are reconstructed. The brain fills in information to create the story. I have questioned at times what was true and what had I made up?

Time and again my memories were corroborated by those I grew up with, if not in the actual details, then in the sense that my experience matched their experience. Retelling my stories lays down more memory and I become surer of the contours of my life.