Flashback (psychology)

A flashback, or involuntary recurrent memory, is a psychological phenomenon in which an individual has a sudden, usually powerful, re-experiencing of a past experience or elements of a past experience. These experiences can be frightful, happy, sad, exciting, or any number of other emotions.[1] The term is used particularly when the memory is recalled involuntarily, especially when it is so intense that the person "relives" the experience, and is unable to fully recognize it as memory of a past experience and not something that is happening in "real time".[2]

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  2. ^ Brewin, C.; Gregory, J.; Lipton, M. & Burgess, N. (2010). "Intrusive Images in Psychological Disorders: Characteristics, Neural Mechanisms, and Treatment Implications". Psychological Review. 117 (1): 210–232. doi:10.1037/a0018113. PMC 2834572. PMID 20063969.

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