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Past hurts can influence your behaviors and relationships.
Exploring your past can help how you react and behave in the
Some people don’t believe that rehashing past hurts help. You
can’t change them, right?
How could reliving how your parents might have hurt you or how
that ex might have treated you benefit you today? All it does is
bring up painful memories.
But the way you react or choose to do certain things might be
connected to your past.
Neuroscientists have researched what they call memory
reconsolidation. It’s where you revise an emotion tied to an old
experience with a new emotion. As you update this memory, you
actually create a neurological change in your brain.
Therapists call this process a corrective emotional experience.
Corrective experiences challenge the way you relate to others,
how you view yourself, and how you view past emotional hurts.
By exploring our past, we may better understand our now and
make more positive decisions for our future.
In 1946, psychoanalysts Franz Gabriel Alexander and Thomas
Morton French coined the term “corrective emotional experience.”
Corrective experiences look at past events and explore how they
have shaped your reactions and behaviors. The theory is that
taking an honest look at the past helps individuals understand who
they are and why they behave and react the ways they do.
This method is often led by a skilled therapist in a safe
“The idea is that once you’re in a therapeutic relationship with a
kind, loving, and supportive therapist, you’ll have a different
experience from what you had in your traumatic past,” explains
Frank Anderson, M.D., psychiatrist an