The Power of Suggestion, Elizabeth Loftus

The Power of Suggestion, Elizabeth Loftus
Human memory is subject to fallibility. Indeed, even those memories, which can be referred as fresh in their minds, are subject to involuntary embellishment by the cognitive processes of humans. From the article, a person can infer that a false memory can seem as real as if it ensued. In addition to this, it can be experienced and at the same articulated as if it really took place (Conway, Gathercole & Cornoldi, 1998). Moreover, the article teaches that children are particularly suggestible. However, adults, who are intelligent, can be brainwashed into believing, experiencing, as well as, re-living something, which is in its complete and entirely false and fabricated.
These facts are indeed interesting and fascinating. These and other claims in the “Power of Suggestion” by Elizabeth Loftus can be supported by theories such as that by Edward Bernays theory and movies such as “The Century of the Self”. In his theory, Edward Bernays indicates that people are governed, their minds molded, their ideas suggested and tastes formed by people who they have never heard of. Such an assertion or a claim relates much to the power of suggestion. As such, the governed are brainwashed into believing and experiencing by those who govern yet it is false and fabricated (Carroll, 2009).
On the same note, the movie “The Century of the Self” seemingly supports Elizabeth Loftus. The movie advocates that to a great deal of people, whether in business or politics, believe that the triumph of the self is the ultimate expression of democracy. The movie further advance that people may feel as if they are in charge but in the real sense, they are not. In this case, people are led into believing something that is entirely wrong (Van Til, 1997).
Carroll, W. (2009). Elizabeth Loftus: What`s the Matter with Memory? Retrieved from
Conway, M. A., Gathercole, S. E. & Cornoldi, C. (1998). Theories of Memory: Volume II. London, UK: Psychology Press.
Van Til, R. (1997). Lost Daughters: Recovered Memory Therapy and the People it Hurts. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing.