Jeanne McElvaney’s book, SPIRIT UNBROKEN: Abby’s Story, is semi-autobiographical and tells about her efforts to free herself from the horrors of childhood sexual abuse by her father. We discussed the fact that any abuse causes repercussions that can last a lifetime and constantly pop up to trigger reactions because the abuse has not been dealt with at all or not done appropriately to diminish its effects. Much has to do in the way it is recalled or dissociated and in what part(s) of the brain it has been dissociated.Jeanne groups memories into ordinary, trauma, and dissociative.Ordinary memory is mostly located in the prefrontal lobe and is the most easily accessible by your consciousness. When you wish to recall a pleasant day with a friend or family, it is right there to relive.Trauma memories are not attached to other memories by association. Extreme emotion interferes in normal memory function and these memories go to the unconscious and stored in the area of brain that processes only emotion and sensation but not the words that would help describe the incident.Dissociation is a biological response that separates awareness from consciousness.
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