Mimetic vs Anti-Mimetic Theories of Trauma

 Radstone writes that Something else gets lost, too, in trauma theory’s retreat from the significance of unconscious process of memory formation and revision.  And emphasis on the centrality of unconscious process to all aspects of psychical life has the effect of reminding readers and analysts of two important aspects of that life.  First, a fundamental…

Ella L. James et al. – “Computer Game Play Reduces Intrusive Memories of Experimental Trauma via Reconsolidation-Update Mechanisms”

James, Ella L., et al.  “Computer Game Play Reduces Intrusive Memories of Experimental Trauma via Reconsolidation-Update Mechanisms.”  Pychologicall Science (2015): 1-15.  Sage.  Web.  21 July 2015. Yes – Tetris can apparently help with symptoms of trauma by interrupting visual recall of traumatic events, thus helped avert recurring memories.  But this also may tie in with Ruth…

MFA vs Ph.D. – Learning Diversity

In my MFA program, the fiction workshops included one classmate from Pakistan and one who was Asian-American.  They did bring in helpful cross-cultural perspectives – especially the descriptions of the rain and urban relationships in Pakistan, which I will never forget. In my own writing, though, I think I’ve gained more perspective on diversity from…