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Memory involves the whole body. It’s how the self defies amnesia | Psyche Ideas

Amnesia: The Forgotten Life

People who are unable to form new memories have to adjust to a stark reality of losing their pre-amnesia lives. To live without the means to form any ‘autobiographical’ memory, makes the patients unable to ground their sense of identity, or even orient themselves to maintain a timeline of their existence in their minds.

The only guiding light in the dark is the present moment and the action that they are doing with their entire bodies.

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