Wildcard wrote:Hey John,
"We lose the short term memory during somnambulism because the analytical mind is dormant. "
I dont quite understand what you mean by that. Could you explain it to me?
If we were to lose short term memory at all...even if just in somnambulism...then we would not be able to reason or plan things out, because short term memory...or working memory...plays a big role in those cognitive processes.
So I dont understand...because even hypnotized people on stage are capable of reason and planning something out.
Sure. In my model of the minds, the analytical mind is the one that is the interface with the outside world (hence: the critical factor providing what is real and true about it via that interface)
Short term memory, is the memory function of the analytical mind, identifying what happens in the world around us, and to us, to be used for analysis to determine the truth/reality of it.
The intellect you speak of is what I call the judgmental mind, which is never dormant. It is our decision/behavior center, as well as our intellect and feeling center.
So the intellect still works, but it doesn't know what is real or true, since it gets it's "outside input" via the imagination. This is why you can count to 11 on your fingers, only speak in Chinese, and have positive and negative hallucinations that can be interacted with, etc.
I have also found that another major factor in the loss of short term memory during hypnosis is the use of the "sleep" command, and how our mind reacts to it (further shutting down the outside input bridge of the analytical mind). We have the same memory about somnambulistic hypnosis sessions as we do about what we have dreamed.
I have played with this one quite a bit. I do a lot of open eye trance in which I get positive and negative hallucinations, and have found that unless I use the sleep command, there is no memory loss.
I hope that answers your question