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Unravelling the Unforgettable—Regression Therapy by The Psych Club

On 7th February 2019, The Psych Club hosted a seminar discussing the potential of bringing closure to incidents of trauma in one’s past through hypnotic treatment, in a method broadly termed as regression therapy. The technique focuses more so on a dubious form known as past life regression, which looks into the resultant emotional baggage from a life experienced by one’s previous self.

After an initial discussion on therapy and misconceptions regarding hypnosis, the presenters went on to talk about the theories behind regression, especially those pertaining to psychologist Dr Brian Weiss, referencing some of his patientsin particular, his daughter. The speaker talked about the story of Amy, who was ridden with cataract at a young age and in risk of losing sight altogether. Through regression therapy, she was able to recall vivid memories of a detailed past life, within which she lost her sight due to an attack involving fire. The apparent reconciliation with her past brought her closure, and in doing so, her cataract was cured.

Several instances of past life regression have been documented and analysed, bringing into study various concepts regarding the human mind. The presenters then talked about the work of Sigmund Freud, a renowned neurologist who brought forth the psychoanalytic theorya theory which looks into the various levels of consciousness and their ability to influence a person’s behaviour. Also mentioned was the work of Carl Jung, a psychoanalyst who put forth the idea that traumatic responses could genetically travel down a lineage and affect the way people respond to stressful events.

Further, the lecture elaborated on the close association between mental health and consciousness, and how therapy such as regression can cure disorders by elevating suppressed emotions into the conscious state. Given that physical ailments often have a psychogenic origin as well, the seminar represented the significant interconnect of our holistic well-being, and how they could come to influence us in unexpected ways.

Many arguments have risen regarding regression therapy, even in its more credible form that does not involve rebirth, and among these lies the possibility of false memory creation at the top notch. Nevertheless, its ability to build a sense of meaning may go a long way when it comes to treatment in the form of a placebo. “It can help people if they believe in it like most things help people if they believe in it enough. There are records to show that it has helped people,” said Tanya Wahi, a member of The Psych Club.

The seminar attracted many swiftly answered questions and an audience member even shared a related personal experience of a friend. Albeit short in duration and theory-driven, the event was enjoyable alongside being informative and raised curiosity in the eyes of the audience.

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