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Dissociation and the fragmentary nature of traumatic memories

proposed that at the root of PTSD was the experience of intense emotional arousal. Janet asserts that traumatised people automatically keep repeating specific actions, emotions and sensations relating to the actual traumatic events. Janet would spend hours talking to his patients trying to discover what was going on in his/her minds. Janet would suggest there was a difference between ordinary and traumatic memories. Specific triggers related to the traumatic memory would allow other elements to flow during sessions automatically. Janet coined the term dissociation, “splitting off “ and isolation of memory imprints. He also suggested that where a patient would dissociate from his/her traumatic experience, this would also have the effect of a slow decline in their personal and professional functioning