Memory Rescripting: Building A Brighter Yesterday

The connection between memory and self-perception is clinically significant, as distorted self-perceptions are at the core of many disorders. These include PTSD, depression, social anxiety and personality and eating disorders. Negative self perceptions encapsulate patients’ self-defeating beliefs about themselves, others and the world at large. Such perceptions often arise from abuse, neglect or bullying and can trap patients in a vicious cycle of self-criticism, negative emotion and maladaptive behavior.

Memory rescripting is a method we can offer such patients. It has shown efficacy as a stand-alone treatment and in combination with CBT. In this post I explain what memory rescripting is and how we think it might work, provide an overview of the outcome literature, and share two examples of rescripting from my own clinical practice.

About Daniel Mintie

Daniel Mintie is a cogntive behavioral therapist with 28 years' experience treating PTSD. He teaches CBT at universities and training centers worldwide.

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