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    Recovering from Amnesia

    Discussion in 'Research' started by JPGriffin, Dec 31, 2011.

    As a way to introduce new information and push the plot of a book along, I'm trying to incorporate a form of amnesia. I know that a familiar setting, object, or event will be able to restore one's memory, but an unorthodox-ed answer seemed like it would make for a good method. Similar to a question-and-answer method, one person will have the other argue against him, then he'll draw the argument into the lost memories. As the argument becomes more heated, the mind should work more, thinking of excuses, making the person angry, and so on, until their mind brings back the suppressed memories to fuel the argument. It's worded oddly here, but what I'm trying to relay is a sort of argument-reflex, where one speaks without thinking. They don't think directly about the suppressed memory, but the thoughts come up subconsciously, almost effortlessly. Is this stretching the veil of fantasy too far, or could it be seen as a legit method?
     
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    since word association is an established technique for helping amnesia patients recover memories and this is pretty similar, i don't see why it wouldn't be believable... but it seems a bit over the top to me... wouldn't have to be that complicated... and wouldn't have to rely only on anger... triggering other emotions could be just as effective, imo...
     

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