Lesson 101: Repressed or confabulated memories
TV Series: Star Trek - The Next Generation
Season/Episode: 7/7 ('Dark Page')


After communicating telepathically voluntarily with an alien telepath Lwaxana Troi, mother of Counselor Deanna Troi, falls into a coma.

The telepathic interaction accidently surfaced long suppressed dark memories within Lwaxana of her other child being lost to drowning, and thereby causing the coma.

Once she confronts the dreaded dark secret of her past with the telepathic help from her daughter Deanna Troi, she comes out of the coma.


There are times in life when we are confronted by events and incidents which prove unsettling and even traumatic to us.

Abuse as a child, loss of a loved one, a fatal argument, a heinous crime, discovery of a lie, are just some examples of issues and happenings that we may all wish to never remember.

In our fervent desire to forget such times, our mental self-preservation faculties sometimes trigger suppression of our memories of these distressful events.

Real suppressed or repressed memories may be difficult to recognize from fabricated or confabulated memories.

These types of hidden ailments can, at many times, be diagnosed and treated by proper professional medical and psychological attention.

The gnawing sensation that there is something wrong with oneself, and yet, totally unrecognizable in either manifestation or cause, may signal a repressed memory situation. However, proper medical advice ought to be sought out before jumping to such conclusions.

If there is actual evidence of repressed memories, then the discovery of those memories and the possible surfacing images of violence in the past must be handled with the guidance of proper licensed medical psychological help.

These are very serious matters and should never be trifled with alone. Recognizing such patterns in oneself and seeking out proper medical help proactively can avoid possible future physical breakdowns.

Having a Deanna Troi Counselor at hand is highly recommended.

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