From David Brooks today, the latest insight into the value of talking about a trauma:
If a police officer witnesses the death of his partner, it seems that you’d want to quickly send in a grief counselor. In fact, this sort of immediate counseling freezes and fortifies memories of the trauma, making the aftershocks more damaging.
Of course, everyone believes that talking about it is a good way to deal with a trauma. Didn’t Freud suggest as much?
Now, Brooks reports, cognitive scientists have found that talking it over too extensively and too quickly has just the opposite effect: it “freezes” the memory, making it that much more difficult to put the trauma behind you.